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Drug and child endangerment charges for woman who fled crash scene with daughter

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Lillian Marie Lapier Lillian Marie Lapier
Lillian Marie Lapier is facing several criminal charges after she reportedly was involved in a car crash in Great Falls and then ran away from the scene with her daughter. Lillian Marie Lapier is facing several criminal charges after she reportedly was involved in a car crash in Great Falls and then ran away from the scene with her daughter.
Dispatchers advised the officers that there were two City warrants for Lapier's arrest, and a no-bond Probation & Parole warrant. Dispatchers advised the officers that there were two City warrants for Lapier's arrest, and a no-bond Probation & Parole warrant.
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Lillian Marie Lapier is facing several criminal charges after she reportedly was involved in a car crash in Great Falls and then ran away from the scene with her daughter.

Court document state that a police officer was driving on the 1st Avenue North bridge on Friday (April 28) toward an unrelated traffic incident when he saw a black pickup truck run into another vehicle. 

The pickup truck was reportedly following the other vehicle too closely, according to court documents, and wasn’t able to stop in time when the first vehicle made stopped suddenly.

The officer approached the pickup truck and talked with the driver - identified as Lapier - who reportedly said she did not have a driver’s license or vehicle insurance. The officer then went to check on the driver of the other vehicle, and when he turned around, he saw Lapier and a young girl running away from the scene.

Another officer patrolling the area reported seeing Lapier and the girl running across Bay Drive and behind the Payless Furniture store. 

The officer found Lapier and the girl - later identified as her 10-year old daughter - hiding under a storage trailer behind the store, according to court documents.

The girl gave police a glasses case that Lapier had given her as the two ran away. Police found a substance inside that field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

Lapier allegedly admitted that the meth was hers. 

A probable cause affidavit says that Lapier's daughter told police that her mother "encouraged her to run from the Police."

Dispatchers advised the officers that there were two City warrants for Lapier's arrest, and a no-bond Probation & Parole warrant.

Lapier is charged with two felonies: criminal possession of dangerous drugs and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.  She is charged with the following misdemeanors: endangering the welfare of a child, obstructing a peace officer, following too closely, no insurance (4th violation), driving with suspended/revoked license.

Court documents that Lapier has convictions for theft, possession of drugs, disorderly conduct, and false reports to law enforcement. They also state that she is in Montana on a "courtesy basis" while attempting to obtain approval for Interstate Compact from Idaho.

Prosecutors requested that bond for Lapier be set at $20,000.

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