Two men face felony charges in Missoula after separate car theft cases this past weekend.
Each was caught driving an allegedly stolen vehicle over the weekend.
Chad Hiatt, 42, and 26-year-old Mackenzie Baker are charged with felony theft. Baker also faces misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.
According to court records filed in Hiatt’s case, the owner of a stolen Chevrolet Malibu spoke with Missoula County sheriff’s deputies at the Days Inn on Saturday morning, saying he accidentally left his keys in the car the night before.
Hiatt was arrested with the Chevrolet around two hours later when Missoula police were called to Wal-Mart for a disturbance. The deputy who took the stolen vehicle report spoke to Hiatt, who allegedly said he was given the keys for the car around midnight by a woman whose name he did not know, with instructions to pick up another woman at Wal-Mart. He said he assumed the woman owned the car because she gave him the keys.
Court records said Hiatt then drove to Wal-Mart, “drank some rum, and fell asleep.”
His bail was set at $5,000 during an appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday.
Baker’s charges also arose from an incident on Saturday. According to an affidavit filed in his case, Missoula police received a report from OnStar that a Buick Enclave stolen in Spokane was in Missoula, where the company had disabled the vehicle.
Police found the SUV in a parking lot with its hood raised and a man staring at the engine. When officers alerted him to their presence, the man alleged tried to run before being captured, and continued to resist while being handcuffed. The keys to the Buick were found in his pocket.
Baker was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday, but did not.