Just before 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, a Missoula Police Officer took a report of a stolen vehicle that was taken from the 2300 block of Reserve Street. The complainant reported that he is an employee of a gas station nearby, parked his vehicle, and then later observed it was missing. Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.

“A short time later, just after 8:00 p.m., an officer spotted the same vehicle turning eastbound on Mount from Russell Street,” Welsh said. “As other officers converged on the location, the officer who observed the vehicle initiated a traffic stop and actually stopped the vehicle that was occupied by one person. They eventually identified the driver as 26-year-old Joshua Cuyle.”

According to court documents, Cuyle did not follow officers’ commands, then reached for his waistband, and had to be taken to the ground in order to place him in custody. Officers searched Cuyle and observed that he was in possession of a small glass jar that contained a brown substance. The substance later tested positive for heroin.

As a result, Cuyle is being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor theft. Cuyle has three prior misdemeanor theft convictions.

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