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Man ordered to pay $32K in restitution

POLSON – A 31-year-old man who was responsible for a vehicle accident in which a woman passenger racked up some $32,000 in medical bills was sentenced in district court last week.

Judge Kim Christopher gave Waylon James Deroche, 31, a two-year deferred sentence to the Department of Corrections for criminal endangerment, which was amended from negligent vehicular assault. 

He was given credit for seven days in jail and ordered to complete an inpatient chemical dependency treatment program and pay some $32,000 in restitution, which would reimburse Tribal Health and the Indian Health Service for treatment provided to the victim. 

Deroche was arrested following an April 13, 2016 incident in which the vehicle he was driving struck a light pole on U.S. Highway 93. According to a court document, Deroche was trapped in the driver’s seat and a woman passenger was thrown from the vehicle. The woman required hospitalization and extended care. 

Deroche, who listed both Missoula and Browning residences, had a blood alcohol content of .30 percent, a court document states. 

Christopher said she accepted the plea agreement with reservations but noted this was the defendant’s first felony. 

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