On Wednesday, Missoula Police officers responded to a report of a male slumped over in a vehicle. The officer located the reported vehicle in the 1200 block of Waverly Street. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.

“A resident called 911 to report a person sitting in a vehicle that they did not recognize and stated the male in the vehicle was slumped over,” Arnold said. “The caller was concerned about the male’s wellbeing. Officers and medical arrived on scene. Officers made contact with the male who was in the driver’s seat. The male, Leon Peterson-Wall, told officers he was traveling and had pulled over. Officers observed the male to show indicators of impairment. Medical did check to male to make sure he wasn’t experiencing a medical emergency and then cleared the scene.”

The officers learned that Peterson-Wall had a no bond probation and parole warrant from Choteau. An officer contacted the on-call Probation and Parole Officer who said that Peterson-Wall has absconded from Probation & Parole after recently being released from the Cascade County Jail.

“Officers continued the investigation,” Arnold said. “Probation and Parole became involved in the incident since the male is currently on parole. During the investigation, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found. Preliminary tests of the substance indicate it is methamphetamine. Officers also located a variety of items of paraphernalia.”

When asked what was in his car, Peterson-Wall said he had paraphernalia. Peterson-Wall stated that he knew he was absconding. Court documents indicate he became emotional, stating that he is going back to prison. Peterson-Wall then added that the officers were going to find drugs in the car because he "can't quit doing dope."

Officers located many small baggies that are commonly used to distribute dangerous drugs, a digital scale, and a glass pipe. Within a backpack on the rear seat of the vehicle, the officer located three baggies of methamphetamine.

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