A Missoula man was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault for allegedly breaking a man's jaw during a fight late Saturday afternoon.
Cale Allen Lachance, 22, faces felony charges of aggravated assault and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, along with misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal mischief, according to records filed in Missoula County Justice Court.
The incident that led to his arrest began in the 1800 block of Trail Street about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. According to court records, Lachance and a woman, Tiffany Laedeke, were walking in the area when they were seen breaking out the window of a car belonging to Brady Nelson. A witness, Desla Piedalue, saw the vandalism and confronted Laedeke, who allegedly hit Piedalue in the face several times.
Others were on the street by the time Lachance came running back toward Laedeke and Piedalue. Court records state that Lewis Nelson, the son of the damaged car's owner, told Lachance to calm down, but he refused.
Instead, he allegedly punched Lewis Nelson in the face, breaking his jaw, then assaulted Brady Nelson as he came to his son's defense.
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Witnesses then held Lachance and Laedeke until police arrived and arrested Lachance. At the Missoula County Detention Facility, officers found a small plastic bag containing the drug Paxil in Lachance's clothing. He allegedly admitted the prescription drugs were not his, which led to the felony drug charge.
At his Justice Court appearance Tuesday, Lachance's bail was set at $20,000. His case will now be transferred to District Court because of the felony charges.
Reporter Michael Moore can be reached at 523-5252 or at email@example.com.
By MICHAEL MOORE of the Missoulian