Stuart Collin Stone

Stuart Collin Stone

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A 73-year-old Seeley Lake man accused of nearly hitting a National Guard member with his truck after not being allowed through a wildfire checkpoint has been charged with a felony.

Stuart Collin Stone was released on his own recognizance after a Wednesday appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on a felony count of criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor for resisting arrest.

On Tuesday, a sheriff’s deputy in the Seeley Lake area got a call from a National Guard member who was at a roadblock for the Rice Ridge fire.

According to court documents, the guardsman told the deputy that Stone drove up to the checkpoint in his truck, wanting to go back to his home in an evacuation area. Stone allegedly became angry when told that, because of evacuation orders he would not be allowed through.

“What the (expletive) will you do to stop me?” he said, according to court documents.

When the National Guard member went to his radio to call for a deputy, Stone allegedly drove toward him, forcing the soldier to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

The deputy found Stone at a nearby home. Stone allegedly resisted when the deputy attempted to arrest him, with a second deputy eventually having to help handcuff him.

After his arrest, Stone allegedly admitted to driving through the roadblock, but denied nearly hitting the National Guard member or resisting arrest at his home.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.