- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Poplar man is charged with driving drunk on the partially frozen Missouri River and causing a 15-year-old girl to drown when the pickup truck fell through the ice.

Wyatt Cameron Montclair, 20, was arrested by Fort Peck Tribal Police on Dec. 17. He faces Fort Peck tribal court charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence, the Great Falls Tribune (https://gftrib.com/1xM70Uf) reports. Tribal officials say Montclair’s blood-alcohol level was 0.197, more than twice the limit of 0.08 at which a person is considered legally intoxicated.

Tribal investigator Ken Trottier alleges Montclair drove his pickup about three-quarters of a mile on the ice before it fell into the water on the evening of Dec. 17. He and three juvenile passengers were able to make it to shore, but the girl was swept away by the current. Her body has not been found, Trottier said. The girl’s name has not been released.

At the time of the alleged offenses, Montclair was free on pretrial release after pleading guilty to a federal burglary charge. Sentencing was set for March 18.

Montclair’s pretrial release was revoked during a court hearing in Great Falls on Tuesday and he was taken to the Cascade County regional jail. A hearing on the revocation is set for Jan. 8.


Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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