Stevens County has court date in Montana

Staff Writer

Stevens County Sheriff's deputy Brandon M. Hoover will appear at the Flathead County Courthouse on Feb. 26 for a beginning of a jury trial.
Hoover, 29, was charged with one count of criminal endangerment, a felony, and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, in Flathead County, Mont., back in November. He plead not guilty to both charges on Dec. 14 and was released subject to previously imposed conditions. Hoover has his next status hearing in court on Feb. 12.
Currently, Hoover is on paid administrative leave, according to the Stevens County Sheriff's office.
On Nov. 23 Hoover was driving down Montana Highway 35 in Creston when he allegedly drove through the scene of a fatal crash and struck a vehicle, according to court records.
A Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was investigating the crash chased after Hoover on Egan Slough Road. Reportedly the two vehicles reached speeds as high as 100 mph.
The chase didn't end until Hoover allegedly turned onto Sonstelie Road, where he stopped the vehicle and turned off the lights. He then exited his vehicle with his hands in the air.
Hoover admitted to the trooper that he was looking at his phone when he approached the crash scene and never saw the vehicle he allegedly hit.
Hoover took a breathalyzer test and blew a .178, twice the legal limit, according to court records.
If Hoover's convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.