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by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Billings man Lester Lee Clark arrested and charged Child Endangerment and driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol including Obstructing a Peace Officer.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Robbins on January 27th, 2019 was patrolling an area on Main Street when he observed a vehicle driving without its headlights.
This particular vehicle matched a description of a vehicle that Law Enforcement had listed as a stolen vehicle.
Trooper Robbins initiated a traffic stop.
Trooper Robbins was able to identify the driver as Lester Lee Clark. Lester Lee Clark resisted the commands to stop and fled on foot into a home located on Steffanich Drive.
Trooper Robbins smelled a marijuana odor coming from the vehicle.
Trooper Robbins determined that the vehicle was a stolen vehicle and discovered that the marijuana odor was not coming from the vehicle but was coming from an external vent from the home on Stefanich Drive.
Lester Lee Clark indicated to Trooper Robbins that he had left his seven-year-old daughter home alone so that he can go out drinking.
Yellowstone County Deputy Ketch came to assist Trooper Robbins. Both men entered the residence to check on the welfare of the minor child who was inside.
Once inside the home, both officers discovered multiple pipes drug bongs, that were lying out in the open on the coffee table not far from where the minor child was sitting.
Next to the child's bedroom in another room, were tents set up all equipped with a self-watering system and automated lights.
In both of the tents, were 9 to 10 mature marijuana plants and many juvenile marijuana starter plants that had been planted and were growing.
Shelby Clark the wife of Lester Clark was contacted by Law Enforcement, she indicated that she had a valid marijuana card then later arrived on the scene, but was not able to provide any card to the Law Enforcement Officers validating that she had a marijuana card.
The Officers checked with the state and confirmed that she did have a card however it was expired.
Triple Robbins conducted a search other home and now she was cutting the plants at their base and seizing them he located a 40 caliber handgun that was near.
On the floor were two plastic bags containing 346 grams marijuana.
In another small plastic drawer which was located in a closet in the room was $1,700 in cash that was bundled into $100 increments with rubber bands.
All of this was easily accessible to the seven-year-old girl during the time that she was, therefore, it was placing the child in criminal endangerment for her own safety.
Lester Lee Clark was arrested and transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Center for a continued investigation into a DUI. Lester Clark refused to participate in any field sobriety and would yell I'm drunk I've been drinking put me in a cell.
Clark refused to take a breathalyzer test.
The witness that the State will be using are as follows: Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Robbin's, Trooper Chase, Property Officer, Deputy Brutlag, Deputy Gibbs, Reserve Deputy Shreeve, Sergeant Ketch, Dispatch among other Witnesses for the State including Shelby Clark against her own husband Lester Lee Clark.
This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995