Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On October 28, 2023, a female called 911 to state she observed a pickup that was “all over the road” and had almost hit three vehicles. She provided the license plate and said the vehicle was exiting the interstate at exit 96.  

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper ran the license plate provided and found a recent contact from July, during which the vehicle was called in for a crash. The driver at that time was found to be 32-year-old Cody Hoose who was investigated for the crash as well as driving under the influence. The trooper further found Hoose had a prior insurance conviction from 2022. 

The trooper was traveling westbound when he observed the vehicle in the eastbound lane. The trooper turned around and caught up to the vehicle which drifted across the fog line onto the shoulder, driving on the rumble strips. The trooper also noticed that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt. The trooper activated his overhead lights and noted the vehicle did not immediately stop, but continued on and took the Airway Boulevard exit.  

Suspect Vehicles Comes to a Stop

The trooper observed the driver turn right at the bottom of the off ramp, cross the fog line, and straddle it. The driver then drove on the shoulder, turned right onto West Harrier, and stopped in front of the Deano’s Travel Plaza. 

The trooper approached the vehicle and immediately recognized Hoose who denied having any idea about his lane departure. The trooper noticed Hoose’s lips had dried saliva on them, and his speech sounded like his mouth was dry. The trooper also noted an odor of alcohol coming from Hoose’s breath. Hoose provided a Montana ID card, stating his license was suspended for DUI. Hoose also stated he did not have insurance on the vehicle. However, Hoose denied drinking or using recreational drugs. 

The trooper read Hoose the PAST Advisory and Hoose agreed to provide a breath sample, which registered a reading of 0.006g/210L. Based on the totality of his investigation, the trooper believed Hoose to be impaired due to a drug, other than alcohol. Hoose was placed under arrest. 

Troopers Discover Drugs

Hoose denied having anything illegal in the truck and consented to a search of his vehicle. While the trooper was conducting the search, he was approached by another trooper who stated Hoose admitted to having fentanyl pills in his wallet. The trooper opened Hoose’s wallet and found three blue M-30 pills. 

Hoose was then transported to St. Patrick Hospital where a legal blood draw was conducted, before being taken to the Missoula County Detention Facility. Hoose is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, DUI, failure to use a seatbelt, and operating without liability insurance. 

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

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