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An Arlee man facing extradition to Yellowstone County on charges of vehicular homicide is also accused of assaulting his former girlfriend and her daughter in Lake County.

Dominick Anthony Buccelli, 27, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Aug. 20 to felony charges of strangulation of a partner or family member and assault on a minor.

According to court records, on March 29, law enforcement officers were called by the ex-girlfriend’s mother, who reported Buccelli had assaulted her daughter. 

At the scene, the alleged victim told officers that Buccelli had injured her 8-year-old daughter when she tried to save her from the assault. The girl was allegedly shoved to the ground, causing her to strike her head.

District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher set the case for trial March 8, 2021, and granted an own recognizance release. Bucelli’s attorney Britt Cotter, of Polson, made the request for Bucelli to be transported back to Yellowstone County where he is wanted for vehicular homicide, negligent vehicular assault and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. 

The Yellowstone County charges stem from a fatal hit and run that occurred on July 20. Cotter explained to the court that his client is unable to post the $250,000 bond set in that case.

Bucelli was wanted by the Montana Highway Patrol, which sought assistance from the public in locating him for the charges in Yellowstone County. When he was arrested in Lake County on Aug. 14, he led Polson police and a Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a short-lived pursuit before he surrendered near the intersection of North Reservoir Road and U. S. Highway 93.


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