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DUI charges

A long New Year’s Day weekend and added patrols by Butte-Silver Bow Police yielded driving under the influence arrests over the weekend that included two felony DUIs and an aggravated DUI, a misdemeanor.

Around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police observed a vehicle fail to move when a traffic light changed in the vicinity of Wyoming and Mercury streets. Officers subsequently stopped William Hughes, 69, of Butte. Police said Hughes was slurring his words, appeared to be intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. They said Hughes refused to participate in a Breathalyzer exam and that police secured a warrant for a blood test, which was completed at St. James Healthcare. He was then charged with DUI, fourth or subsequent offense, a felony, records show.

On New Year’s Eve, around 10 p.m., police stopped a vehicle for allegedly speeding in the 1800 block of Harrison Avenue. Police said the driver, Noakes M. Gordon, 22, of Butte, appeared to be intoxicated. They said he failed field sobriety tests and blew over the legal limit for alcohol in a Breathalyzer test. Gordon was charged with DUI, misdemeanor, records show.

Early on New Year’s Day, around 1:05 a.m., police observed a vehicle allegedly fail to stop for a stop sign at Wyoming and Galena streets. Police said the driver, Butte resident Cory V. Pettersen, 45, failed field sobriety tests and blew over the legal limit for alcohol. He was charged with DUI, fourth or subsequent offense, a felony.

Felony burglary charge

The occupant of a residence in the 1800 block of Florida Avenue told police that he had refused to allow entry by Butte resident Kristopher G. Lehto, 26, whom he said had been pounding on windows and the door around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Ultimately, according to a police report, Lehto kicked in the door and then assaulted the resident, who told police he knew his alleged assailant. Lehto was charged with felony aggravated burglary for allegedly breaking down the door and assaulting the resident, who did not suffer injuries requiring treatment, police said.

Restraining order felony

Police responded around 10:30 p.m. Monday to a residence in the 2000 block of Utah Avenue after a caller said a man was trying to enter her home in violation of a protection order. The man was gone when police arrived but police said they located Gregory J. Markovich, 64, at his home. Police said they determined there were two warrants charging Markovich with previous violations of the protection order. Authorities charged Markovich with a third violation, a felony offense.

Alleged assault yields charges

Police first heard from the male that his female partner had assaulted him while driving home in the early hours of New Year’s Day. But after police responded to a residence in the 1900 block of Walnut Street around 2:20 a.m. and interviewed the couple, the tables turned after it seemed the male had been the alleged aggressor, police said. Police said William Petersen, 39, resisted when they attempted to arrest him. He was subsequently charged with partner or family member assault, reasonable apprehension of bodily injury, a misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

My garage, not my car

A woman told police around 11:45 a.m. Friday that the vehicle parked in her garage in the 400 block of West Granite Street wasn’t hers. She speculated initially that an acquaintance might have parked it there. But when police ran a check on the vehicle, a 2006 Ford 500, they determined it had been reported stolen Dec. 23 in Great Falls and they notified authorities there of the car’s recovery.


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