A Missoula man was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly running down another man with his pickup on a Missoula city street.
John Michael Lorengo, 34, faces a felony charge of assault with a weapon for allegedly striking a 23-year-old Missoula man at the intersection of Strand and Regent in south-central Missoula shortly before midnight Friday.
“It’s being investigated as an intentional act, not a traffic crash,” said Sgt. Jerry Odlin of the Missoula Police Department, who added Lorengo knew the man he is charged with hitting.
The victim was transported to Community Medical Center with unknown injuries. Odlin said they didn’t appear to be life-threatening.
Lorengo was arrested without incident and booked at 3:24 a.m., roughly 3 1/2 hours after the incident occurred. He was also charged with failing to stop immediately at an injury accident scene, a misdemeanor, as a well as for violation of a protective order.
The latter was related to the incident.
“He’d had contact with somebody who he was prohibited from having contact with. The guy he struck is not the protected party,” Odlin said.
Lorengo is being held in the Missoula County Detention Facility. He’ll make an initial appearance before Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech on Monday.