A 40-year-old man made his initial appearance in Cascade County District Court Monday after a weekend crash near Stockett led to a felony driving under the influence charge.
According to court documents, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol responded at 8:40 p.m. Saturday to a crash scene.
Law enforcement ascertained that Chris Michael Swanson had left the American Bar in Stockett at a high rate of speed traveling northeast on a downhill gravel road.
Swanson’s vehicle reportedly fishtailed, rotated counterclockwise and went off the left side of the road.
The vehicle impacted a boulder with enough force to move it 10 feet before coming to rest on its passenger side, per the MHP report.
The report noted that the crash occurred during daylight hours on a clear, dry road with clear visibility.
After Swanson crawled free, concerned citizens helped him push the vehicle back onto its tires.
Swanson reportedly got back behind the wheel and attempted to drive away, only to hit another large boulder and become stuck. The same bystanders were able to help Swanson out of the vehicle.
An MHP trooper contacted Swanson, who was waiting in the back seat of a CCSO patrol car.
The trooper reported a strong odor of alcohol coming from Swanson, who had watery, bloodshot eyes and slow, slurred speech.
Court documents stated Swanson made “numerous racist and profane remarks” toward the trooper and used profane language toward deputies, hospital staff and hospital security.
Swanson allegedly denied driving and crashing his vehicle and accused bar patrons of driving his vehicle because they had the keys.Get the Daily Briefing newsletter in your inbox.
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The trooper was able to complete one field sobriety test on Swanson before he refused to participate. He also refused a breath test and blood draw.
Swanson’s blood was drawn after law enforcement obtained a warrant by telephone.
According to court documents, Swanson has four prior convictions for DUI and is a violent offender with a lengthy criminal history that includes multiple obstruction charges, privacy in communications, assault, assault with a weapon, stalking and multiple partner/family member assaults – including a felony.
His bail has also had multiple bail and suspended sentence revocations.
The MHP trooper cited and released Swanson, and the state requested he remain free on his own recognizance with the condition that he submit to alcohol monitoring. https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2020/08/10/man-charged-felony-dui-after-stockett-crash/3338626001/