An Anaconda man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run that seriously injured a U.S. Postal Service worker in Butte.

Dakota James McClanahan, 20, was arrested Aug. 11 by Butte-Silver Bow police and later charged in justice court with felony counts of criminal endangerment and failure to give information and render aid.

He is being held on $10,000 bond at the county jail. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 8.

A 53-year-old postal worker driving a mail truck was struck by a 2007 Jeep Liberty at the intersection of Hobson and Maryland avenues after the alleged driver, McClanahan, failed to yield at a stop sign about 9:15 a.m. Aug. 6.

A 37-year-old male passenger, also of Anaconda, and McClanahan helped to free the trapped victim from the postal truck, said Sheriff Ed Lester.

The Jeep hit the left rear tire area of the truck, toppling it onto its right side, according to a police report.

The passenger remained at the scene and the suspect driver fled on foot. McClanahan was later arrested on the 700 block of North Montana Street.

Information on the condition of the postal worker is unavailable at this time.


Kathleen J. Bryan covers crime and courts for the Montana Standard. Follow her on Twitter. To send her a news tip, call (406) 496-5519 or email her.

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