DUI BLAMED FOR CRASH
Police arrested a man — who crashed his car on Interstate 90 — for DUI and careless driving Thursday around 8 p.m. just outside Ramsay. Police said Russell Hickson, 57, was driving eastbound when a game warden saw him drive off the right side of the road and hit a sign. Police said the warden smelled alcohol on the man's breath, and police were called. According to police, the man said a leg cramp caused the crash, and then he failed field and jail sobriety tests and blew over twice the legal blood alcohol limit. Hickson was arrested for aggravated DUI, careless driving, and a felony parole violation.
VIOLENT OFFENDER ARRESTED
An unregistered violent offender looking to register at the Silver Bow County Sheriff's Department was arrested on the premises around 11 a.m. Thursday on a felony warrant for failing to register as a violent offender. Francis Vernwald, a 38-year-old homeless man, was charged in July of 2014 with partner/family member assault for allegedly hitting his partner repeatedly, including once while she was holding a baby, leading to a negligent endangerment charge. Vernwald pleaded guilty to partner/family member assault and spent 52 days in the county jail. He is required to register as a violent offender for a 2003 aggravated assault sentence.
MAN ARRESTED FOR PAROLE VIOLATION
A Butte man arrested in Cascade County for violating parole was transferred to the Silver Bow County Detention Center on Wednesday. Robert Hoffman, 54, pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge in 2013 and spent three years in the Department of Corrections. In March, Hoffman's sister, who court records show he lived with in Great Falls, reported that he stole her truck and hadn't been paying bills. Court records also say Hoffman had failed to report to his probation officer.