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Wilson receives deferred sentence

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A Polson man, convicted of criminal endangerment, had his sentence deferred for a period of three years during a sentencing hearing at District Court in Polson on Feb. 20. 

Daniel Joseph Wilson, 39, was accused of running a partner or family member off the road after a heated argument. The deferred sentence was in accordance with a plea agreement reached last month that dismissed charges of assault with a weapon, tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident.

On Sept. 15, Wilson engaged in a vehicle pursuit with a woman, according to court records. The two were leaving the Polson area on Highway 354 (or Back Road) while traveling south. The victim was in her Ford Focus. She slowed down when Wilson, driving a Buick Century, pulled alongside her in the opposite lane of traffic. He then hit her car with his vehicle.

The impact caused her car to be knocked off the road and into a ditch near mile marker six. The victim’s car then hit a delineator post and struck a large tree branch. 

The impact was hard enough to deploy the airbags, shatter the windshield and cause the radiator to leak.

As for the tampering and leaving the scene charges, Wilson is accused of trying to move the wrecked Ford without success and fleeing in the Buick.

District Judge James Manley ordered Wilson to attend 40 hours of a batterers’ intervention program. Wilson was given credit for 83 days for time served in the Lake County jail.


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