It was not a good holiday weekend for guys whose last name starts with B.
Shane Louis Burd, 19, and 18-year-old Johnathan Albert Bertsch found themselves on the wrong side of the law after separate run-ins with Missoula police.
Both wound up charged with assault on a peace officer, a felony, and Burd tacked on another felony for allegedly beating his girlfriend. Both men were charged with assorted misdemeanors as well.
Burd's problems arose Saturday night when police responded to a domestic disturbance at the Council Grove Apartments on South Third Street. Burd had allegedly choked his girlfriend after accusing her of cheating on him.
When police tried to arrest him, however, Burd kicked a couple of officers, then tried to dive off a staircase after being handcuffed, court records state. He then tried to bite one of the officers, neither of whom suffered serious injury.
Burd's bail was set at $25,000 after a Tuesday appearance in Missoula Justice Court.
Bertsch got into trouble when he allegedly stole gas from a Holiday station on South Reserve Street on Saturday. Police responded to that call and wound up chasing Bertsch, who ran a stop sign at about 50 mph while trying to escape, court records state.
Bertsch then turned into a driveway, where an officer blocked him in with her patrol car.
Bertsch then rammed his car into the patrol car. The officer ordered him out of his car, but Bertsch pointed his car at her and gunned the engine. Fortunately, his tires spun and he went nowhere, court records state.
Later, Bertsch said his effort to escape was "stupid."
In addition to the assault charge, Bertsch was charged with running a stop sign, theft of gas, driving without a valid license and eluding a peace officer, all misdemeanors.
Bertsch was released into the custody of his father after his court appearance Tuesday.