Man charged with felony aggravated DUI in Missoula

Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) – At approximately 8:00 am on January 10, 2023, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper responded to a car crash located at milepost 126 of Interstate 90. While responded, the patrolman observed a silver vehicle. driving slowly on the shoulder with his hazards activated.

When the trooper arrived at the scene of the accident, his vehicle skidded considerably when he tried to stop. The trooper returned his car to park, activated his emergency taillights, and spoke to the driver of the crashed vehicle who was not injured.

During this time, the silver vehicle approached the scene of the accident and then stopped approximately level with the trooper patrol car on the center shoulder of the interstate. Due to the extremely icy roads and heavy traffic, the policeman became concerned that the silver vehicle might cause an accident at its current position.

The officer motioned for the driver of the silver vehicle, who was later identified as Michel Brand, to keep moving and off the shoulder. The trooper observed that the vehicle’s front bumper was damaged and appeared to be hanging almost to the ground.

Brand then parked his vehicle in front of the squad car and then began walking back toward the squad car. As the soldier walked towards Brand, Brand turned around. The trooper also observed Brand sporadically and sporadically moving his body, which the trooper knew from his experience as a drug recognition expert can be a sign of illicit drug use.

When asked if he needed help, Brand muttered to the cop that he didn’t need help. The officer said Brand looked at him with rapid, changing eye contact and stopped abnormally when talking to him. At other times, Brand spoke very quickly. The officer attempted to identify Brand, but Brand was unable to locate his wallet or his identification.

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Due to the officer’s observation of his person and the general interaction, the officer asked Brand if he had any problems with addiction. Brand looked at the policeman and said that he had never used illicit narcotics. The officer then told Brand that he believed he was disabled and asked him to complete standardized field sobriety tests to determine the level of his disability.

According to court documents, Brand displayed various indications of disability during standardized field sobriety tests. The police officer told Brand that he believed he was under the influence of a drug. In addition, the officer asked Brand if he would consent to search his vehicle.

Brand agreed to allow a search of the vehicle. During the search, troopers located multiple used hypodermic needles. Dispatch was able to identify Brand through an Oklahoma driver’s license. It was determined that Brand must have had an ignition interlock device in his vehicle, but he did not have one.

Court documents indicate Brand has three prior DUI convictions outside of Oklahoma. Brand is currently being charged with aggravated felony DUI. On January 12, 2023, Brand made his initial appearance in Missoula Justice Court and his bail was set at $20,000.

The information in this article was obtained from publicly visible sources.

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