BUTTE – Anaconda police arrested a former state addiction treatment doctor early Wednesday on a warrant after he tried to post bail for a woman in the Anaconda jail.
Mark Jay Catalanello, 55, who lists an Anaconda address, also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities said he tried to hide a syringe inside a cast on his right hand while being booked at the jail.
Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said Catalanello showed up at the Anaconda jail around 1 a.m. Wednesday to bail out Victoria Lindley, 35. Lindley was jailed on a warrant out of Anaconda for contempt of court, no insurance and driving with a suspended license.
Meanwhile, a district court warrant had been issued for Catalanello in Anaconda after he failed to follow through with mandatory alcohol-monitoring testing within the past two weeks.
During the booking, Catalanello became upset, waving his arms and tried to conceal the syringe, Barkell said. That led to the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Catalanello remained in jail as of Thursday afternoon with no bond set.
Wednesday’s arrest follows several incidents Catalanello has had this year with law enforcement.
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Anaconda-Deer Lodge County prosecutors on April 18 filed misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs (marijuana) and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia against Catalanello, 55. He’s scheduled to appear in Anaconda district court on Friday.
He was arrested March 10 after Anaconda police found him attempting to hide in a culvert after he fled the scene of a two-car collision near the intersections of Highways 1 and 48.
Catalanello was charged in justice court with driving under the influence – second offense – obstructing a peace officer, failing to report an accident and a stop sign violation. He was released from the county jail on $1,940 bond. Not guilty pleas to the misdemeanor offenses were entered by his attorney, court documents state.
Also, he was arrested in Rocker on March 4 for allegedly acting belligerent and making vulgar comments to staff at the Living Water Coffee Co. and the It Club, and to police.
Catalanello pleaded not guilty March 8 in Butte city court to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal possession of marijuana. A jury trial is slated for Aug. 10.
Catalanello, who has a long history of drug abuse and felony drug arrests, came under fire last fall when staff at the Montana Chemical Dependency Center reported erratic behavior they suspected stemmed from Catalanello’s illegal drug use. The Montana Board of Medical Examiners has since suspended Catalanello’s license.
Catalanello at one time worked for two state agencies, serving as a physician at the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs and medical director at MCDC in Butte.