Montana Highway Patrol

With almost a death a day, this June has been the deadliest in a decade for Montana roadways.

Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer and his wife Lindsey at the University of Utah hospital.
Courtesy University of Utah Health

Missoula paused Wednesday afternoon to welcome home a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper critically wounded this spring in the line of duty.

Wade and Lindsey Palmer’s flight from the University of Utah hospital landed in Missoula midday Wednesday. Roughly 100 people lined West Broadway Street in front of Saint Patrick Hospital to honor the Palmer's return to western Montana and cheer on his motorcade escort.

Hundreds of people came to the fundraiser at this supermarket in Stevensville Saturday, which raised more than $36,000 for Trooper Wade Palmer's family
Edward O'Brien

Last month’s shooting of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer shocked the state and drew national headlines. But for one small Bitterroot Valley town, it’s personal.

Palmer and his family live in Stevensville where residents turned out by the hundreds Saturday to support the Palmer family.

A 60-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Montana reopened Tuesday afternoon although water remains on the highway in some areas.

The Montana Department of Transportation says one lane is open in both directions.

Firefighters spray a semi truck in the aftermath of a head-on collision on I-90 near Missoula, March 20, 2019.
Missoula Fire Department

A man killed when the car he was driving on the wrong side of the highway collided with a semi tractor trailer has been identified as 62-year-old Martin J. Elison, of Missoula.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Wednesday afternoon’s accident occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer
Montana Department of Justice

5:45 p.m. update:

The man charged with shooting a Montana Highway Patrol trooper and three others last night was previously charged with felony assault on a police officer.

Martha Hernández (left) and Ana Suda were detained for 40 minutes in 2018 by a U.S. border agent who overheard them speaking Spanish in Havre.
Brook Swaney / ACLU of Montana

Two Havre women who were detained for 40 minutes last year by a U.S. border agent who overheard them speaking Spanish in Havre are now suing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

Ana Suda and Martha Hernández, both U.S. citizens with Montana drivers licenses, recorded cell phone video of the incident last May.

Montana Highway Patrol Hosts DUI Lab To Educate Legislators

Feb 12, 2019
Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Kurt Sager demonstrates for legislators part of a field sobriety test on a participant, tracking his eye movements. Feb. 12, 2019.
Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service

HELENA -- As Montana lawmakers consider overhauling the state’s DUI laws, the Montana Highway Patrol wants to dispel myths about blood alcohol levels.

This week, the Highway Patrol hosted a demonstration with live intoxicated volunteers to show just how much alcohol it actually takes to be beyond legal limits.

Woman Found Gravely Injured On Flathead Indian Reservation

Jun 25, 2018

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — Four people have been arrested after a woman was found gravely injured on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Lake County Undersheriff Ben Woods says a woman in her 20s was found unconscious near McDonald Lake in the Mission Mountains east of Charlo on Saturday morning.

Broadwater County sheriff’s deputy Mason Moore was shot and killed on the morning of May 16 near Three Forks.
Broadwater County Sherrif's Dept.

A Montana sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during an early morning traffic stop Tuesday.

Broadwater County sheriff’s deputy Mason Moore was shot and killed Tuesday morning near Three Forks. Two Belgrade men — a father and a son — are being held after a shootout with police.