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A county detention officer resigned after prosecutors charged him with a felony following a motorcycle crash that left his passenger seriously injured.

Lewis and Clark County officials placed Carl Anthony Clary, 22, on administrative leave after state prosecutors filed the felony charge of criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence on Sept. 21. Clary resigned last week, though he did not cite the charges as the reason for his resignation, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said.

Clary had worked at the jail for about two years. 

Court documents state Clary's blood alcohol concentration was nearly twice the legal limit when he crashed his motorcycle on Interstate 15 on the night of Sept. 3.

Documents allege Clary's motorcycle collided with a concrete barrier, causing his passenger to fall to the ground. The documents note his passenger suffered several broken bones, the person's knee cap was left fully exposed, and "large sections of skin along the left side of the body were missing."

Clary called 911 to report the crash. Both Clary and his passenger were hospitalized for their injuries. 

Charging documents state Clary told medical personnel at the scene that he had turned to look at his passenger to ask if his hat was still on just before the crash. 

Officers who responded to the wreck reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol while they rendered aid to Clary.

The documents allege Clary had been drinking at his home in Helena prior to taking his passenger home to Great Falls. He and his passenger also stopped at a Wolf Creek bar on the way. 

In January, Clary was placed on administrative leave after being arrested on suspicion of partner or family member assault. He later entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on the misdemeanor charge. The victim in that case told investigators she believed Clary was going to kill her, according to the ticket filed in Helena Municipal Court.


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