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Hamilton man charged in hit-and-run
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Hamilton man charged in hit-and-run

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Derris Roy Reister

Derris Roy Reister

A Hamilton man was charged Monday with felony criminal endangerment and several misdemeanors following an alleged hit-and-run Friday.

Derris Roy Reister, 33, appeared before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray.

According to charging affidavit, a motorist reported his vehicle was struck by a Dodge truck while he was parked by the side of Willow Creek Road to make a phone call.

The witness said the truck’s driver stopped long enough to curse at him before he drove off. One of two of the Montana Highway Patrol troopers who responded to the incident showed the witness a driver’s license photograph of Reister.

The affidavit said the witness said that was the man who hit his vehicle.

The troopers went to a home on Bowman Road, where they found a Dodge truck with damage to the passenger side running board consistent with the damage done at the accident scene.

As they approached the home, they noticed that the door was open. There was also a shattered glass sliding door with what appeared to be a bullet hole in the top left corner.

After the troopers entered the home, they noticed Reister coming toward the house from the outside. Reister initially identified himself as “Pete.”

The troopers said Reister smelled of alcoholic beverage and that his eyes were bloodshot and his speech slurred. He also cursed the officers, according to the court documents.

The affidavit said Reister became aggressive and slapped one of the trooper’s hands down when he held it up toward the man.

Reister “continued to clench his fists and jaw while talking with the officers,” the affidavit said. “At one point, he took his shirt off as if he was ready to fight and also broke a clay pot by throwing it on the ground next to the door.”

When told he was under arrest, Reister walked down the hallway of the home and refused to comply with the officers’ commands.

One trooper deployed his taser and Reister was arrested.

By this time, Ravalli County sheriff’s deputies had arrived. As they attempted to get him inside the troopers’ vehicle, Reister continued to resist by planting his feet on the ground, the affidavit said.

Reister refused to allow medical personnel at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital draw blood. The affidavit said he continued to use profanities and act aggressively toward the officers and medical personnel.

Based on that behavior, the officers decided it was unsafe to continue attempting to draw blood.

Reister has prior DUI convictions in Montana in 2004 and 2016. He has a suspended driver’s license.

In addition to the felony, Reister was also charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI, resisting arrest, reckless driving, and driving while his license was suspended.

Ray set bail at $10,000 with a requirement that Reister be fitted with an alcohol monitoring unit if released.

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