Police officer punched in the face
A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly driving under the influence and punching a police officer in the face.
According to Butte police, they received a call around 8 p.m. about an erratic driver on Harrison Avenue. The caller followed the driver, Bryan Armstrong, until he parked his white work truck near a residence on the 400 block of South Excelsior Street.
When officers arrived, they reportedly asked Armstrong to come out of his residence and speak with them near his truck. Armstrong denied driving the vehicle and was slurring his words as officers spoke with him at the residence, according to police.
On the way to his truck, Armstrong reportedly began arguing with police and attempted to go back into his residence. Police then got into a “wrestling match” with Armstrong, according to Undersheriff George Skuletich, during which he allegedly struck an officer in the face with a closed fist.
The officer was not injured, Skuletich said.
Police eventually got Armstrong under control, handcuffed him, and transported him to the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center. There, officers ran Armstrong through a field sobriety test, which he failed.
Based on the information provided by the witness who followed Armstrong, he was cited for driving under the influence and reckless driving, both misdemeanors.
Armstrong was also cited for assault on a peace officer, which is a felony, and for obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest, which are both misdemeanors.
Firearm on school property
A 31-year-old man was arrested for allegedly having a firearm on Hillcrest Elementary School property on Wednesday.
According to police, they received a call from Hillcrest around 9 a.m. stating that staff saw what they believed to be a gun sticking out from beneath the coat of Alexander Sexton in the parking lot of the school.
Officers responded and stopped Sexton in his vehicle on Continental Drive. Sexton reportedly told police he did not have the firearm in the holster while he was on Hillcrest property but that it was in his car, which was parked at the school.
Police determined Sexton did have a valid concealed carry permit. But police said because he had his firearm on public property, he was in violation of a city ordinance and his permit was taken away.
Sexton was cited for carrying a weapon on public property, a misdemeanor, and transferred to the detention center. He was released about 30 minutes later.