Man accused of hitting car, almost striking person in Alberton DUI case

A man was arrested on suspicion of colliding with a parked car, triggering a chain reaction with other nearby vehicles and nearly hitting someone in Alberton over the weekend.

Joseph T. Garner-O’Reilly is charged with one count of criminal endangerment, a felony, and two misdemeanors: disorderly conduct and a first citation for an aggravated DUI offense.

Montana Highway Patrol and sheriff’s deputies responded to a car wreck in Alberton on Saturday at 6:45 p.m.

A firefighter on scene reported a car was coming around the corner when it hit a parked pickup, causing it to rotate clockwise and hit another parked car. The second parked car struck a van, which crashed into a fence, court documents allege.

A trooper spoke with a witness who owned two of the cars involved in the incident. He said his wife was on the other side of the van and she had to jump out of the way to dodge being hit. Court documents state the witness told law enforcement the suspect might be impaired. 

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While explaining the investigative process to Garner-O’Reilly, a trooper noticed a strong smell of alcohol

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