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Ronan woman pleads not guilty to criminal endangerment after pedestrians report almost being hit

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A Ronan woman is accused of nearly hitting two pedestrians while allegedly driving drunk. Cheyenne Heartboltz Dewall, 59, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 12 to felony criminal endangerment.

According to court records, on Oct. 3, law enforcement responded to two separate calls from concerned citizens about a reckless driver in a PT Cruiser. The first witness said they were almost hit by a PT Cruiser while walking in the parking lot of Ace Hardware in Ronan. Another witness reported almost being hit by a PT Cruiser while sitting in front of the Bunk House in Ronan. The caller said the PT Cruiser backed up and did a couple of “brodies” in the parking lot before the driver got out and left on foot.

Both witnesses identified Dewall as the driver. The responding officer located Dewall at a nearby park “passed out in the grass near a picnic table.” Dewall appeared unstable on her feet when she got up and smelled of alcohol. Results of a blood draw were pending.

Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher set the case for trial on May 10. Dewall is at liberty on her own recognizance.


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