Williams charged with felony for stealing car - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Williams charged with felony for stealing car

Posted: Feb 12, 2018 4:09 PM Updated:

Ely Mason Scott Williams has been charged with a felony and several misdemeanors after allegedly stealing a vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

According to court documents, a Great Falls Police officer came upon a car crash involving two vehicles near Smelter Avenue Northeast.

The officer reported that he saw a man and woman near a Toyota car stuck in the snow.

When he returned to help, the woman was gone and Williams told the officer he was alone and had lost control of the car.

After running the vehicle license plates, the officer learned the plates were reported stolen.

Documents state that when the officer asked Williams how he came to be in possession of the Toyota, Williams' explanation did not make sense.

The officer also learned Williams did not have a driver's license and could not provide registration or proof of insurance. 

The officer detained Williams after suspecting the vehicle was stolen and placed him in the back of his patrol car. 

After running the Toyota's vehicle identification number, the car was confirmed stolen from out of Missoula. 

Documents continue that the officer attempted to arrest Williams after another officer arrived.

As the officer tried to handcuff Williams, he tensed his body and started to pull away.

The officer ordered Williams to the ground and ordered him to put his hands behind his back, which Williams did not do.

According to court documents, the officer had to use physical force in order to handcuff Williams.

Williams has been charged with one felony count of theft (possession of stolen property) as well as several misdemeanors including theft, resisting arrest, driving while suspended/revoked, careless driving, and no insurance.

The State has requested bond be set at $5,000.



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