Mar. 24—A former
McDonnell was issued a summons to appear at the
According to Sheriff
Heino said the county vehicle was totaled in the crash and Shawback's insurance company has paid to replace the county vehicle he was driving at the time of the accident.
Shawback has since returned to the force, working as a patrol officer.
"The hardest part for me is the poor decision-making, it's very disappointing," Heino said. "Logan has a strong work ethic and has done strong work for the department over the years."
Heino also shared a disciplinary letter to Shawback.
"My overall concern is the use of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. I can't ignore that your service at the drug task force was instrumental in its functions and I know this change will dramatically affect its operations.
"That being said I can't tolerate the use of work vehicles while under the influence. The roles we all play as we rise further in an organization require us to not expect to receive privilege, but to understand we are the ones to be examples."
Heino also wrote Shawback could reapply for positions in one year, but further disciplinary action could result in loss of rank and termination.
DUE TO the circumstances and the relationships of those involved in the incident, Montana Assistant Attorney General
"I won't speculate on the delay of learning about the incident, but there needs to be better communication," Ahner said. "We looked at how it was investigated and how it was referred to other agencies for investigation and it appears it was handled appropriately.
"It helps the public have faith that everything was done in a transparent manner," Ahner said.
Court documents indicate McDonnell, Shawback and
Gray said she went to the brewery to meet a friend and the friend was sitting with McDonnell when she arrived.
Heino reported Shawback was with his wife and children, who were at the brewery for a family gathering related to a wedding.
Later, at about
According to the charging document, Shawback approached the officer and told him the driver of the truck needed medical attention.
Other officers from the
Gray said she, Shawback and McDonnell were at the brewery for three hours immediately prior to the crash. Gray said McDonnell was extremely intoxicated before leaving the brewery, describing him as being "trashed."
According to the first
ACCORDING TO the charging document, Gray said McDonnell was already drunk when she arrived and he had three of four more drinks before the bartender said he couldn't drink any more alcohol.
Gray reported McDonnell was extremely drunk when they left the brewery. She said she and Shawback walked to the parking lot and didn't pay attention to the vehicle McDonnell was driving.
Gray said soon after everyone had left the brewery, Shawback called her to report he had been in a crash. Gray then drove to the crash scene. She said Shawback said he didn't know who had hit him, but only realized it was McDonnell after Gray told him and he saw McDonnell being removed from the truck.
Shawback told two
Shawback then said McDonnell's vehicle came up behind him fast and then crashed into him. The estimated speed of McDonnell's Ram truck was near the posted speed limit of 50 mph.
COURT RECORDS indicated further investigation of the crash scene and the other evidence indicated that as McDonnell drove his truck through the intersection, he struck the passenger side of the Chrysler Shawback was driving, near the tail light, prior to reaching
The truck then climbed upward and rolled over the front passenger corner of the Chrysler, driving over the top of the vehicle.
Shawback was inside the Chrysler as McDonnell drove over the top of the vehicle with his Ram pickup. After separating from the Chrysler, McDonnell struck a light pole with the passenger side of the pickup, knocking the pole down. The truck then rolled over, crushing portions of the roof and windshield, deploying the airbags, and coming to a final rest on its wheels in the ditch.
Just prior to coming to final rest, the Chrysler struck the downed light pole with the left side of its front bumper.
HEINO SAID McDonnell lived on Farm to
Due to the injuries McDonnell sustained in the crash, he was taken away from the scene without delay, rendering him unavailable to provide a statement at the scene.
However, at the hospital officers reported McDonnell consented to a blood draw. Analysis of McDonnell's blood sample, performed by the
Division, indicated that McDonnell's blood alcohol concentration was 0.259.
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