A 39-year-old Helena man is accused of drunkenly crashing his vehicle into another vehicle carrying an adult and a child, endangering both. Wilfred Jay Gladue has seven prior convictions of driving under the influence.
While investigating Monday's crash, authorities learned Gladue was wanted on a warrant for felony partner or family member assault.
The charges stemming from the wreck include felony driving under the influence and criminal endangerment.
Court documents allege Gladue was intoxicated while driving on U.S. Highway 12 in East Helena. His vehicle struck another vehicle and Gladue drove off, getting stuck on the shoulder of a city street. He then tried to run away, but officers caught him about a half-mile away after following his footprints.
He refused to submit to a breath test or do any field sobriety maneuvers. Gladue also denied any involvement in the crash and said he had no relationship to the suspect vehicle, court documents note.
The assault charge comes from allegations Gladue drunkenly put a woman in a chokehold after accusing her of infidelity on Dec. 12. The woman reported losing consciousness and waking up with Gladue on top of her, court documents state. Gladue has two prior convictions of partner or family member assault.