At around 6:40 p.m. Sunday, a Missoula police officer was patrolling Orange Street and noticed a vehicle with the hazard lights on. The vehicle was traveling very slowly on the bike lane on the north side of the bridge. Police Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.
âThe officer continued to observe the vehicle and noticed a woman walking beside the car,â said Arnold. âThe woman used body language and gestures that indicated that the attention of the person inside the vehicle was not welcome. Out of concern for the woman’s safety, the officer attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle took off in a densely populated area with many vehicles, pedestrians and children present. The vehicle drove through roundabouts, continued to hold up, and exceeded 71 miles per hour in a 25 mile zone.
During the pursuit, the vehicle passed dangerously close to colliding with other vehicles on the roadway. At one point, the vehicle even nearly collided with two young children.
âAn officer observed two young children on bicycles,â said Arnold. âThe vehicle had taken a bend in an alleyway and was heading straight for the children on their bikes. The officer used his patrol car to block the children on the bike and positioned his patrol car in the hopes that the fleeing suspect would go in a different direction and not continue towards the innocent children. About 15 feet from the children, the suspicious man, Roman Sattler, 36, jumped out of the car and a foot chase began.
An officer got out of his patrol car and chased the man into a yard. There was a hill in the yard, and as the man started to climb the hill, the officer pulled out his tasers.
âThe officer caught up with Sattler and tased him,â said Arnold. âSattler continued to not cooperate with the officers while they were detaining him. Sattler made mention of health issues, and the officer immediately summoned a doctor to assess Sattler based on his claims. Sattler was taken to the Missoula County Detention Center on felony charges and this investigation is still ongoing. “
Another officer looked at Sattler’s vehicle and observed what appeared to be drug paraphernalia visible in the cockpit. A search warrant for Sattler’s vehicle was requested and granted.
During the search, officers found a used syringe, a used transparent straight hose, a used transparent curved hose, a butane torch, more than 10 sachets of saline solution, and a Ziploc bag with a white crystalline substance in it. interior. The officer also found a safe inside the vehicle that contained more than 50 new syringes.
Court documents indicate that Sattler admitted to being a methamphetamine user and that he had recently been struggling due to the presence of fentanyl in his methamphetamine. Sattler said he may have used methamphetamine earlier today.
Sattler is currently charged with criminal endangerment, flight from a peace officer, obstruction of a peace officer and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
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