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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Police in Butte have arrested a man on suspicion of impersonating a public servant, driving under the influence and reckless driving.
The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/14XV7dy ) 47-year-old James S. Richards Sr. of Butte was arrested Tuesday and remained jailed Wednesday morning.
Prosecutors allege Richards was driving recklessly on Interstate 90 near Ramsay Tuesday afternoon and forced another vehicle to pull over. The four people in the vehicle said Richards confronted them and claimed to be a member of a drug task force before leaving the scene without further incident.
They called 911.
A police patrol car stopped a pickup truck matching the description of the one that forced the vehicle off the road. The officer determined that Richards was intoxicated.
The woman who ran the last brothel in Butte when it closed in 1982 has died at the age of 94. Ruby Garrett died March 17 at Crest Nursing Home in Butte. Garrett lived a colorful life that included a six-month prison term for tax evasion and an acquittal by a jury on charges that she shot and killed her husband in June 1959 while he was playing cards at a Butte bar. She owned and ran the Dumas Brothel for years until 1982, when her federal tax evasion conviction forced Garrett to close it. But people who knew Garrett in her later years recalled a kind woman who looked out for the women who worked in the brothel and was involved in the community/Nick Gevock, Butte Standard. More here. (AP/Butte Standard photo, of Ruby Garrett)
Question: Anyone remember the brothels in Wallace? (I won't ask whether or not you remember them fondly)
The Butte man who instigated a police chase just to see what it would be like found out: It cost him $1,000. John C. Hughes, 55, pleaded guilty Thursday in Butte city court to misdemeanor reckless driving while eluding a peace officer. City Judge Dan Sweeney fined Hughes $1,000. Sweeney said the county attorney's office recommended only a fine and no jail time because Hughes has no criminal record. The strange case received national news media attention after Butte law enforcement reported a man purposely got police to chase - because it was something he always wanted to try/John Grant Emeigh/Butte Standard. More here. (AP/Warner Bros. photo: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman prepare to skydive in a scene from the film “The Bucket List.”)
Question: What's on your bucket list?
Why did a sober, middle-aged man lead Butte police on a dangerous, high-speed chase through the city and on the interstate early Thursday? “I just always wanted to do that,” he said, according to the police report. John C. Hughes, 55, is accused of trying to evade a police patrol just to see what it would be like, police reported. Hughes likely found out it involved severe tire damage, because police used “stop sticks” to deflate his tires to get him to stop, according to the report. Hughes was arrested without further incident and faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving while eluding police. Investigators say Hughes wasn’t intoxicated and they didn’t find drugs or other contraband in his vehicle/John Grant Emeigh, Butte Standard. More here. H/T: Orbusmax
Question: Do you have anything stupid on your bucket list?