Montana Crime & Courts

Oct 5, 2013 12:37 PM by John Emeigh - MTN News

Man shot by Anaconda police now in jail

ANACONDA - The man who was shot and wounded by Anaconda police after allegedly trying to hit them with his car has been released from the hospital and is now sitting behind bars.

Staff at the Anaconda-Deer Lodge Detention Center confirmed Friday that John Crisler, 45, was booked into the facility earlier this week.

Crisler was shot by police Monday after he allegedly tried to run over the officers in a car while trying to flee from them near Anaconda.

Crisler was wounded by the gunfire and taken to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula for treatment. None of the officers were hurt during the incident.

The Montana Department of Justice is investigating this incident, woth Anaconda County Attorney Ben Krakowka telling MTN News that no charges have been filed against Crisler as of Friday .

John Barnes with the Montana Department of Justice, which is leading the investigation says Crisler was released from the hospital Tuesday evening and is being held in Anaconda without bond.

Crisler eluded Butte and Anaconda-Deer Lodge law enforcement officers in a high-speed pursuit on Sept. 27.

Officers were attempting to arrest him on a warrant for failure to appear for sentencing on a fourth offense DUI. Crisler abandoned the vehicle he was driving and escaped on foot.

Both agencies were searching for him when a tip was received that Crisler was located at 1701 Lost Creek Road in Anaconda. Anaconda Police found him in a vehicle at that location Monday, and Crisler is accused of driving straight at the officers.

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