Man on stolen bike gets caught with two bags of meth
At approximately 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Missoula police officers observed a bicycle without a taillight on Mary Avenue. Officers stopped the bicycle at the intersection of Clark Street and Harve Avenue. Police Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.
“The man provided ID, but did not have any real ID on him,” Welsh said. “The agents quickly realized that he had given them a fictitious name. When confronted, the man attempted to escape on foot. The officer caught up with the man and pinned him to the ground. He fought against the officers and resisted their attempts to handcuff him. However, they were eventually able to take him into custody.
An officer began to search the man and located an object that was in his left front pocket. The officer attempted to retrieve the item and got stuck with what he determined to be a dirty needle. The other officer resumed the search and found the syringe with two bags of methamphetamine.
“At that point, the man was identified as Benjamin King, 39,” Welsh said. “They were able to determine that the bicycle he was riding had already been reported stolen and that he had an outstanding arrest warrant. He was taken to the Missoula County Detention Center.
Another officer attended the scene and removed several pieces of duct tape that covered the serial number of the bicycle. He ran the soap opera through the expedition and discovered that the bike had been reported stolen. King’s criminal history report reflects 25 previous misdemeanor convictions, including four theft convictions in Montana.
King has been charged with Criminal Escape, Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Theft and Resisting Arrest.
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