Man Under the Influence Drove Into Oncoming Traffic in Missoula
On Friday, a witness called 911 and reported a vehicle driving westbound on East Broadway that was swerving and driving slowly. The complainant told a Missoula Police officer that he first saw the vehicle when it passed abnormally close to his vehicle. The suspect vehicle then crossed over the center line and drove for an extended period into oncoming lanes of traffic. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.
“The caller provided good vehicle descriptors and provided driving behaviors, which included the vehicle going into oncoming traffic, almost hitting a building, and running a red light,” Arnold said. “The caller continued to provide location updates until officers were able to locate the vehicle and make their own observations, which included the vehicle driving off the roadway in grass and almost striking a traffic light.”
The complainant saw the vehicle nearly strike a taxi and travel in oncoming lanes at least two more times. The vehicle then came within a few feet of striking Stockman’s bank and jumped the curb with its front left tire before entering the roadway.
“The officer initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle took a while to stop,” Arnold said. “The driver was identified by his Montana ID card as Peter McCay. Officers observed indicators of impairment and the impairment indicators were consistent with a person under the influence of drugs. The officer conducted the standardized field sobriety test and observed more indicators consistent with drug impairment. McCay indicated the vehicle he was driving was not his and the owner was the passenger in the vehicle.”
An officer looked through the front windshield of the vehicle and observed, in plain view, two Ziplock style plastic bags under the emergency break. One of these bags contained a substance consistent with heroin.
“The passenger consented to a vehicle search after officers observed substance suspected to be drugs in plain view,” Arnold said. “During the search, officers located substances and a large amount of cash. The preliminary tests indicate the substances to be heroin and methamphetamine, and in amounts greater than personal use.”
McCay was transported to St. Patrick’s Hospital for a blood draw. An officer observed several track marks consistent with injecting drugs on McCay’s left arm. McCay has at least three prior DUI convictions.
McCay is currently being charged with four separate felony offenses including DUI, criminal endangerment, and two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. His bail was set at $75,000.