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Man bloodies face in alleged DUI accident

Butte police say they arrested a 21-year-old Butte man around 5 a.m. Monday after the man allegedly hit two parked cars while driving under the influence on the 700 block of Montana Street, bloodying his face and rendering his car inoperable in the process.

Officers said residents in the area witnessed the scene after the incident and phoned police. According to witness accounts, the man, identified as Kyle Johns, 21, of Butte, allegedly attempted to drive away after the crash, but his car was too badly damaged.

When officers arrived, police said, Johns was still in his vehicle and they could observe that he was bleeding in the face. Johns refused medical attention and was cleared by paramedics on the scene, police said.

Officers administered a field sobriety test, which Johns allegedly failed. He was taken to the Butte jail, police said, where he blew nearly three times the legal limit. He is facing an aggravated DUI charge.

Pedestrian reports hit and run

Police say a female pedestrian claims she was hit by a car while crossing the street on the 300 block of Arizona Street Sunday evening during a hit-and-run accident.

The incident was reported at St. James Healthcare, where the woman told responding officers that the car that hit her was a blue pickup truck that was pulling a white trailer. The woman told officers the driver stopped momentarily but would not stay on the scene and drove away.

Police said the woman sustained scrapes on her head and had red marks on the left side of her body. The police report did not indicate how fast the vehicle may have been going. Police are still looking for the vehicle.

Parking lot assault and robbery

Police responded at 6:15 p.m. Friday to Kmart on Harrison Avenue after someone inside the store called to report that a male juvenile had been robbed in the parking lot.

Police said the juvenile told responding officers that he had been sitting in his car when he was approached by two males, who forced him to their truck, where they took his cell phone and a knife. According to the victim’s account, police said, the juvenile was able to free himself from the males and run.

Police said the victim told officers that there were three to four males and females in the truck including those that approached him, that they appeared to be juveniles, and that he may have recognized one of the females.

The alleged aggressors are still at large, police said.


Police say they arrested Ronda Johnson, 34, of Butte Sunday night for allegedly driving under the influence.

According to police, they encountered Johnson in a car that was stopped behind a closed business and was partially blocking the roadway around 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Dundee Street and Florence Avenue.

After speaking with Johnson, police said, they determined she was possibly under the influence of alcohol and administered a field sobriety test. Police then took Johnson to the Butte jail, where she did more sobriety maneuvers and allegedly blew over the legal limit on a Breathalyzer. The 34-year-old has been charged with a misdemeanor DUI.

DUI refusal

Troy Lee Johnson, 28, of Butte is accused of refusing to take a Breathalyzer test.

Police said they were patrolling in the area of Shields and Texas around 2:20 a.m. Saturday when they saw a car weaving in the street. Officers began following the vehicle, police said, until the car turned onto Howard Street, at which point the vehicle drove through the wrong side of the street and nearly hit a curb in the opposite lane.

Police said officers then pulled the vehicle over, where they encountered the driver, Johnson. After speaking with him, police said, Johnson appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to the Butte jail, where he refused to take a Breathalyzer. Police obtained a warrant for a blood alcohol test, which was later administered at St. James. He faces charges of refusing to take a Breathalyzer, taking an improper turn, and failing to drive on the right side of the road.

Partner/family member assault

A report of a disturbance between a man and a woman early Sunday morning resulted in an assault charge, police said.

Police arrived at a residence around 3:30 a.m. on the 1100 block of St. Paul Avenue after someone reported that a man and a woman were having an altercation. When police arrived, the alleged victim, a woman, told responding officers that she had gotten into an argument with her partner and he had grabbed her in a headlock. After speaking with the woman, police said, officers determined she was in fear of the man. They then arrested the man, David Tarkalson, 52, of Butte, who is facing charges of partner/family member assault.


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