A Missoula man who was badly injured in a 2011 Hillview Way crash that killed two of his friends is being held in the Missoula County jail on an alleged probation violation.
Nicholas Von Platz, 22, is accused of violating an order of protection held by his ex-girlfriend.
“This defendant has an extremely lengthy criminal history,” Assistant Chief Deputy County Attorney Suzy Boylan said at Platz’s court appearance Thursday.
“Given the brazen nature with which he violated an order of protection … I think he’s a danger to the victim and the community as a whole,” she said.
According to charging documents, Platz threatened the woman Wednesday when she objected to his retrieving a car they’d purchased together, but that was registered only in her name.
A Missoula County Sheriff’s Office report said that when a deputy telephoned Platz about the car, he “became angry on the phone, raised his voice and started screaming at me. Nick told me a restraining order would not stop him from going to her apartment and ‘smacking her around.’ ”
Platz also asked the deputy “how I felt to have ‘something on my conscience.’ He continued to tell me he would have the Banditos ‘beat her ass and steal her baby,’ ” the deputy wrote.
Platz is charged with violation of an order of protection. Because it’s a first offense, it’s a misdemeanor.
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Although Boylan requested $25,000 bail, Acting Justice of the Peace Michael Frellick set it at $10,000.
Platz’s record includes misdemeanors – most of them involving driving – dating back to 2006. They include seven charges of being a habitual offender driving a motor vehicle, and nine of driving while his license was suspended or revoked.
In March 2011, Platz was a passenger in a Cadillac driven by Justin Leshai Barber, 20, that went off Hillview Way. Jason McDonald, 20, of Frenchtown, and Joshua Gruebele, 18, of Missoula, died.
Platz was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of his injuries.
Barber is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence, and a third of negligent vehicular assault resulting in serious bodily injury, all felonies.
Barber remains in the Missoula County jail awaiting trial.
Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, firstname.lastname@example.org or @CopsAndCourts.