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New head named for Montana State Patrol

(HELENA)- A 21-year veteran trooper has been named as the new head of the Montana Highway Patrol. 

Attorney General Tim Fox announced today he'd appointed Tom Butler to the post with a promotion to colonel. Butler is an MSU graduate and a native of Clancy.

“Since taking office nine months ago, I’ve seen clearly that Tom Butler is a proven leader and administrator,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “He tackles challenges head-on and gets the job done. He is the right person to take the helm of Montana’s premier law enforcement agency.”

Butler has worked with MHP since 1992. 

He replaces Col. Kenton Hickethier, who resigned at the end of August amid controversy, saying he had made "inappropriate remarks" to some of the people working under him at MHP. 


One killed in crash north of Big Sky

(BIG SKY)- Montana Highway Patrol is still investigating Sunday's fatal wreck that took the life of one man on U.S. 191 north of Big Sky.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the accident happed around 2:30pm near the Moose Flat campground when a Dodge Neon collided head-on with a Fork pickup. Details are still being investigated but MHP troopers say one of the vehicles crossed over the centerline.

The victim's identity hadn't been released. Two others were injured in the crash. 




Three Butte teens facing charges after cross-state chase

(BILLINGS)- Three Butte teenagers are expected to face a raft of charges after a cross-state chase that stretched from Butte to Treasure County over the weekend.

Montana Highway Patrol says the case started Saturday, when three boys and two girls took off in one of their parents' cars, heading east on I-90 until they crashed near Bozeman. Troopers say that's when the boys stole a truck and continued east while the girls stayed behind.

KTVQ reports the teens drove another 150-miles onto I-94, where a trooper spotted the speeding truck and gave chase, reaching speeds of 100-miles per hour. MHP says the chase continued onto dirt roads near the Yellowstone-Treasure County line, where the truck got stuck and the boys bailed out.

FWP and local deputies became involved in the search, eventually spotting the teens from the air. Officers chased them down and took them into custody at gunpoint.




MHP blames "inattentive driving" for rash of fatal crashes

(HELENA)- Montana's rate of fatal crashes is up this year, fed by a rash of crashes happening this summer because of drivers not paying attention.

That's the opinion of Montana Highway Patrol troopers, who point to a large number of accidents on two-lane roads, where drivers drift into the opposite lane.

MHP Patrol Captain Gary Becker tells KXLF TV there are 123-fatal crashes statewide, passing the 122-fatalities at this time in 2010. (And that number has just increased by one with a fatality this morning near Manhattan).

Becker says the number of accidents caused by alcohol is actually down by 32% with speed-related fatal wrecks down about 5%.

MHP also says not not enough drivers are wearing their seat belts.





Three people die in Western MT accidents

(KALISPELL)- Add one more to the total of people who died on Western Montana highways the past couple of days.

Montana Highway Patrol troopers say a man died when his pickup rolled late Saturday night. KAJ TV reports the driver wasn't able to make a left-hand turn, over-correcting and rolling his truck. A woman riding in the truck was also injured.

One person was also killed in a rollover accident on I-90 outside St. Regis late Saturday night. And a Wyoming man was killed when his Jeep rolled near Dillon on I-15.