Missoula man on probation caught with drugs during DUI arrest

On May 10, 2022, at approximately 8:11 p.m., the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office deputy exited Interstate 90 and noticed a car that had stopped some distance before the stop sign on the ramp. The vehicle ended up turning left without using the turn signal on Highway 200.

The deputy followed the car and noticed that it was significantly above the fog line. The car had difficulty maintaining its lane of traffic. At one point, the car stopped at an Ole gas station. The deputy conducted a vehicle registration check and was informed that the vehicle’s registered owner, 24-year-old Matthew Korntasl, had been parked.

A man got out of the car and entered the gas station. The deputy stood on the east side of the station and waited a few minutes. Eventually, the same car started to leave the parking lot and almost ended up in an accident with another vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the deputy activated the emergency lights and stopped traffic. As he approached the car, he asked the driver if it was Matthew. The driver confirmed that it was Matthew and that the car was with him.

The deputy could smell alcohol and marijuana coming from the car. He could also see several open beer cans in the car along with marijuana paraphernalia in the back seat. The deputy asked Matthew to get out of the car.

Matthew asked how much he should drink, and Matthew admitted to drinking Bud Light. Matthew was asked about any other drugs, and he admitted to smoking marijuana about seven hours ago. Matthew also admitted to holding a suspended driver’s license.

Rep advised Matthew that he will run standard sobriety tests in the field to check if he is OK to drive. Matthew stated, “I’m safe to drive but you’ll say I’m not.” The FST exams were taken and Matthew had difficulty taking any of the exams. Matthew also refused to take an initial breath test for alcohol. Matthew was placed under arrest for a DUI.

Court documents indicate that Matthew is under criminal probation due to his DUI endangerment. The deputy called the probation officer upon request and authorized a vehicle search. While searching, they found two containers of hash oil, 60 grams of marijuana, and a scale.

Rep. Matthew was taken to St. Patrick’s Hospital for a blood draw. After the blood was drawn, the deputy asked Matthew to stand up from the chair so he could put Matthew back in handcuffs. Notice that Matthew was holding something in his hand and then threw the object into his right pocket. The deputy took control of Matthew, put him in handcuffs again, searched his right pocket, and pulled a small bag of cocaine from Matthew’s pocket.

Matthew is currently charged with felony dangerous drug possession, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and driving under the influence for a second offense.

The information in this article was obtained from publicly viewable sources.

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