At around 2:16 a.m. on Sunday, a Missoula Police Department officer was dispatched to the area of Clark Street and McDonald Avenue for a report of suspicious activity. The complainant called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle stopped in the intersection. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.
“Officers responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver,” Arnold said. “Based on the details provided by the original caller, officers were able to locate the vehicle and the male driving the vehicle, 47-year-old Shawn Fitzgerald. When the officer made contact with Fitzgerald, they observed indicators of impairment. Fitzgerald was taken into custody for fourth or subsequent DUI driving under the influence.”
Fitzgerald admitted to drinking, but denied driving his vehicle. He claimed his friend was driving the vehicle. The Officer called the original 911 caller who described the driver to be wearing a green or gray winter coat. Fitzgerald was wearing a green winter coat.
Fitzgerald was again adamant he was not driving. He told the officer he was drunk and has had prior DUIs. Fitzgerald claimed his friend was driving, however he only provided a first name for his friend. When Officer Swartz asked further about his friend, Fitzgerald refused to provide