- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 37-year-old California man who faces a drug charge in Dillon and an assault charge in Butte was jailed Friday after missing a court hearing.

The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/XQLmy2 ) Luke Andrew Lapinski was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday morning to enter a plea to an aggravated assault charge for an Aug. 1 shooting that left a man with a leg injury.

He told authorities he was stuck in the Salt Lake City airport and the hearing was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. When Lapinski showed up an hour late he was arrested on a warrant charging him with contempt of court and jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Lapinski faces drug and weapons charges in Dillon after officers found a large bag of meth and a loaded .45-caliber pistol in his possession in April.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, https://www.mtstandard.com

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