Asleep at wheel times two
Butte police made two driving under the influence arrests over the weekend that started with reports of drivers asleep at the wheel.
Around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the report of a male apparently passed out in a vehicle at a stop sign at Excelsior and Platinum. Officers found the vehicle still running and Butte resident Alexander L. Pasha, 25, asleep, according to a police report. Police said Pasha failed field sobriety tests and then blew over the legal limit for alcohol in a Breathalyzer test. He was charged with misdemeanor DUI.
On Sunday, around 3 a.m., police received a report of a driver asleep in a vehicle near of Galena and Main. Police said Jared E. Westerman, 41, of Butte, failed field sobriety tests and blew over the legal limit for alcohol in a Breathalyzer test. He was charged with misdemeanor DUI and also with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia because a pipe allegedly used to smoke marijuana was found on his person when arrested, police said.
Resisting arrest times two
Police responded around 6:15 p.m. Sunday to the 600 block of South Washington Street after the report of three men fighting in the street. When officers arrived it appeared a dispute that had begun indoors had moved into the street. One witness alleged that Butte resident Jared A. Weldon, 23, had taken a swing at another man involved in the dispute, according to a police report.
Police said Weldon’s anger escalated and that he began yelling at people at the scene. He was warned that he would be arrested if he didn’t leave the area but failed to do so and then struggled with officers when they followed through, police said. He was charged with failure to disperse and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.
Separately, police responded around 3 a.m. Monday to the 1500 block of Elm Street after fielding a report that a woman was yelling and screaming at some men at the scene and was no longer welcome. Police said Butte resident Shannon L. Vanwinkle, 35, refused to leave and then struggled with officers when they moved to arrest her. She was charged with failure to disperse and resisting arrest, records show.
Obstructing justice alleged
A Whitehall man was arrested Friday after allegedly giving a false name to police when questioned about a shoplifting incident that had occurred earlier at Walmart on Harrison Avenue.
Around 11:45 a.m., police investigating the shoplifting saw at a convenience store on Harrison Avenue a man reportedly fitting a description of the alleged thief. When they questioned Gordon R. Doney, 41, he allegedly provided a fake name, police said. He was charged with misdemeanor obstructing justice. He was not charged with shoplifting.