Man Accused of Stealing Fast Food Soda Fights Police, Gets Tased, Faces Felony
A man who asked for a cup for water at a Missoula Arby's in the 2900 block of Brooks Street is now facing a felony charge and multiple misdemeanors after apparently choosing to take soda instead. Missoula Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh says Police ended up confronting 48-year-old Daniel Stine after a fight with a store employee around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, August 9.
"When confronted by an employee who informed him that he had to pay for the cup of soda he refused and left out one of the entrances," Welsh said. "The employee followed him, told him that he was not welcome back then he turned and came back towards the employee and tried to kick that person before walking away again."
Police came out to the area after the altercation and one officer noticed Stine entering another the nearby Denny's where he fled to the bathroom. That's where the charges against Stine really started to pile up.
"The officers were able to make entry to the bathroom, however, when they did and confronted the man, rather than comply with their instructions he approached them in what appeared to be an aggressive manner," Welsh said. "The officers attempted to take control of him physically and that's when he began to resist and fight with the officers and had to be tased to comply to the officer's instructions."
Stine is now facing a super-sized list of charges including a felony robbery charge on top of four misdemeanors including Criminal Trespass, Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest. Even though the large soda would have been less than $2.00, Stine faced an initial bail amount of $50,000.