Arson at I-15 rest area
Police say they responded around 1 p.m. Tuesday to a rest area about 30 miles south of Butte on Interstate 15 in response to call from a Montana Department of Transportation employee who said that the rest area had been vandalized by arson. According to the complainant, the incident is one among several arson-related incidents that have occurred at rest areas in recent months across the state.
Police said several toilets and a changing table were damaged by fire in the women’s restroom but that the structure did not sustain major damage.
Police said they are reviewing security video. They believe the incident took sometime around 7 p.m. Monday.
Three times the legal limit
Police arrested a 35-year-old Butte man around noon Tuesday who they say was driving with a blood alcohol level three times over the legal limit.
Officers were patrolling near the area of Montana and Broadway when they noticed that a westbound vehicle was straddling the road, police said. Officers pulled over the vehicle after it went through a red light, at which time they encountered the driver, Derek Reed. Upon questioning they determined that Reed was possibly under the influence of alcohol.
Police said officers were unable to administer a field sobriety test because the ground was uneven with snow and because Reed wasn’t wearing shoes. Reed was then taken to jail, where police say he blew over three times the legal limit on a Breathalyzer.
As of Wednesday morning Reed remained in jail, where he faces, among other charges, a misdemeanor aggravated DUI and a misdemeanor open-container charge for a bottle of rum that was discovered in his vehicle.
Traffic stop becomes drug arrest
A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Butte man after officers discovered there were several warrants out for his arrest and that he was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a substance resembling crystal meth.
Police say they pulled over a vehicle on the 1500 block of Harrison Avenue, where they spoke with the female driver and Tyler Bane Johnson, 35, an occupant.
After questioning the occupant, police said, Johnson gave officers a fake name belonging to a diseased individual. Upon further questioning, Johnson revealed his true identity, and officers discovered there were several criminal contempt warrants out for his arrest.
The man was taken to the Butte jail, where he faces criminal contempt charges and two drug possession charges for a small amount of marijuana and suspected meth that was found during a body search. Johnson has also been cited with obstructing a peace officer for giving police a fake name.
Police arrested Travis Frasca, 31, of Butte Tuesday afternoon while assisting parole and probation officers in a search of the man’s home on the 200 block of Montana Street. According to police, the search revealed that Frasca was in possession of a marijuana grinder, glass pipes and several scales. He was arrested and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Police say they arrested David Cronan, 59, of Whitehall for criminal contempt around 10 a.m. Tuesday after the man got into an accident with his vehicle at Hobson and Maryland . According to police, Cronan had $430 city court warrant out for his arrest.