A Missoula man sentenced earlier this year for driving his car into his ex-wife’s apartment building is now charged with assaulting his wife, then taking her phone when she tried to call police.
William Joseph Massengale was released from jail Monday after posting a $1,000 bail set during an appearance in Missoula County Justice Court that day, where he was charged with misdemeanors for partner assault and destruction or tampering with a communication device.
According to court documents, sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on South Avenue on Friday for a disturbance. Massengale, who met them there, said there had been an argument between him and his wife.
He said she tripped over a table when the argument escalated and then she called 911. Massengale allegedly told the officer he took the phone away from his wife when she tried to call the police.
His wife said Massengale pushed her to the ground, then grabbed the phone away from her when she tried to call for help.
In March 2016, Massengale was charged with a felony after he crashed his car into his ex-wife’s apartment building on the 1500 block of Cooley Street while driving drunk. He also was charged with violating an order of protection that the woman had against him. Massengale was arrested in that case after he crashed into two parked vehicles and was found lying on the ground near his car, according to court documents.
In November last year, Massengale pleaded guilty to felonies for criminal mischief and violating an order of protection as well as misdemeanors that included driving under the influence and reckless driving.
District Court Judge Karen Townsend sentenced him to six years, all suspended, with the Department of Corrections in January. As of Tuesday, prosecutors had not filed a petition to revoke the suspended sentence given Massengale’s new charges.