Luke William Frank

Luke William Frank

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A Missoula man accused of stealing a Jeep while intoxicated allegedly challenged the officer who arrested him to a fight.

Luke William Frank, 31, is charged with felony theft and misdemeanors of driving under the influence, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

On Tuesday, Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway set Frank’s bail at $5,000 and allowed him to be screened for pretrial supervision release. If let out, Frank must be monitored for alcohol and drug use.

Just after midnight on Sunday, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper was dispatched to Huson after a person at a bar said a man who was falling down tried to bring a bottle of whisky into a bar. The man allegedly told another person at the bar he had stolen a Jeep that was parked outside.

The trooper found Frank in the Jeep outside the bar. Frank allegedly said he had been drinking at the bar but didn’t think he should drive so he was just sitting in the parking lot. After being arrested on suspicion of stealing the vehicle, Frank allegedly began to yell and use obscenities with the trooper, and asked if he had found the marijuana, according to court documents.

During the drive to the jail, Frank allegedly tried repeatedly to get the trooper to let him go, including saying the officer wouldn’t even need to uncuff him and could hit him with a baton a few times if he didn’t take him to jail, court documents said.

At the jail, Frank allegedly said his eardrums were broken and he couldn’t hear the officer reading him an advisory for field sobriety tests and yelled over the trooper when he tried to read it again.

When he was taken to the hospital for a blood draw, Frank allegedly challenged the trooper to a fight, and repeatedly referred to him by a racial slur.

Deputy County Attorney Mark Handelman said additional charges may be filed against Frank. There were multiple reports of various objects being crashed into in the area at the time, and Handelman said investigators are looking into whether the vehicle he was driving was involved.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.