After a relatively light workload of just eight felony cases for the Missoula County Attorney’s office to process the first week of May, this past week saw a spike back up into the double digits. Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst explains

"It was really kind of a busy busy week for us here at the County Attorney's office, not just processing new cases, but getting ready for a whole shlew of trials that we have on the docket," said Pabst. "There were 20 total that we processed and there were eight in the violent people crimes category sadly. There were two drug cases, two property crimes and six endangerment cases which is pretty significant."

The number of criminal endangerment cases was extremely high and in three of the cases children’s lives were put directly at risk.

"Four criminal endangerment cases," Pabst said. "One of the allegations was when a person was driving the wrong way on Interstate 90. There was a high speed pursuit. There was one involving a DUI with a 2-year-old child in the back which is really not a good combination. Finally, there was another one which involved fleeing from law enforcement in which a nine-year-old boy was allegedly almost hit."

The eight violent crimes included an attempted deliberate homicide, an aggravated assault, 3 Partner or Family Member Assaults, a break-in, and an assault with a weapon case in which a woman pointed a .38 special at a vehicle.