Police Weekly Update 01/09/2018
Between January 1st and 7th, 2018 the Bozeman Police Department handled 826 calls for service and generated 79 investigations/arrests. During the week, we also responded to 52 reports of motor vehicle crashes, responded to nine domestic disturbances, made eight DUI related arrests, six drug related arrests and made seven warrant arrests.
Misuse of 911
Around 8:30 pm on January 1st, 2018, officers responded to an address to a report of disorderly conduct at an address in Bozeman. Officers removed the disorderly male from the address and he was warned for his behavior. Just after 11 pm officers responded to a report of a male walking around a Bozeman grocery store drinking beer and saying offensive things. Officers found it to be the same male they had just warned and escorted him from the business but the business did not want to pursue further charges. He was again warned and told to leave. About 20 minutes later the same male called 911 and told them he needed a ride downtown all the while using abusive language towards the dispatcher. Officers again made contact with him and warned him for the misuse of the 911 system. Just after the officers released him, he again called 911 informing the emergency dispatcher he had fallen and needed an ambulance. Little did the male know an officer was still in the area where he could see the male and knew he had not fallen. The male was issued citations for misuse of the 911 system, disorderly conduct and having an open container of alcohol in public and taken to jail.
Just before 2 am on January 2nd, 2018, an officer observed a pickup traveling on Main Street without any lights on. The driver was also weaving badly as he turned on to North Bozeman and then on to Mendenhall where he was stopped by the officer. The officer noticed several indicators the driver was impaired. The driver did perform the field sobriety maneuvers unsatisfactorily and he was ultimately arrested. The officer learned the driver had several previous convictions for DUI and he was charged with Felony DUI and taken to jail.
On January 3, 2018, an officer was dispatched to a report of a crash at Willson and Olive around 12:30 in the afternoon. When the officer arrived, he made contact with the two individuals apparently involved in the crash, one male and one female. The female informed the officer the male had crashed into her. The male denied even being in a crash despite the fact his vehicle was damaged and had fluid leaking from it. During this contact, the officer noticed the male appeared to be under the influence, even though the male stated he had not been drinking. The officer requested the driver perform field sobriety maneuvers. The male attempted to perform the maneuvers but was generally unable to complete the maneuvers and made several comments indicating he had realized he had failed. The male had a breath alcohol concentration about three times the legal limit to drive and he was arrested.
In 2017, the Bozeman Police Department responded to, and investigated 2,586 Crashes and Hit and Runs. During the corresponding investigations, we made in excess of 40 DUI arrests along with arrests for suspended driving as well as hit and run violations. These preventable incidents affect all of us in various ways. We encourage all of our citizens and visitors to pay attention and drive carefully taking into account road and traffic conditions.
Sgt. Travis Munter