Myrick convicted of criminal endangerment
A Former Wolf Point man who now resides in St. Ignatius has entered into a plea agreement convicting him of felony criminal endangerment. Chris Allen Myrick, 36, pleaded guilty to the charge during a change of plea hearing at District Court in Polson Dec. 20.
According to court records, on Aug. 31, multiple motorists reported witnessing a white Chevy Avalanche traveling southbound out of Polson on U. S. Highway 93 at speeds up to 100 mph.
One southbound motorist in a minivan was rear-ended by the Avalanche forcing it off the road and to “flip several times” after it entered the 45 mph zone coming into Pablo.
Several other witnesses reported to the Montana Highway Patrol that the Avalanche was traveling “way over” the speed limit and swerving around other vehicles nearly hitting them. Another witness claimed the Avalanche came by her so closely and at such a fast speed that it “shook” her vehicle. This witness also reported driving through debris left from the Avalanche hitting the minivan.
At least two other motorists reported seeing the Avalanche with its hood up right after it rear-ended the minivan and that someone got out of the Avalanche and shut the hood. The Avalanche then left the scene.
A Flathead Tribal Police officer located the suspected Avalanche with the matching damage and identified the driver and registered owner as Myrick. Myrick admitted he was drunk. According to records, he fell during the one-leg stand, and a test of his blood alcohol content showed it at .285. There was Corona and Bud Lite in the back seat of the Avalanche and more Bud Lite near the passenger door.
A passenger in the Avalanche indicated that the vehicle hit the minivan. The passenger reported that he told Myrick to slow down and that they had consumed alcohol together prior to the accident.
District Judge Kim Christopher set a sentencing date for Jan. 24. The judge is not bound by the plea agreement, which calls for sentencing to be deferred for three years. A restitution amount has not yet been determined.