Havre Man Pleads Not Guilty on 98 Counts After Alleged Hit-and-Run Spree

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Havre man arrested last month after allegedly going on a hit-and-run spree has pleaded not guilty to 98 charges.

Bruce Edward McLain, 64, pleaded not guilty to 32 felonies and 66 misdemeanors in Hill County District Court on Monday. The felonies include one count of arson, one count of attempted arson, one count of tampering with or fabricating criminal evidence and 29 counts of criminal mischief.

Court documents state on the morning of March 16th, McLain committed a series of hit-and-runs in Havre. McLain also attempted to burn down a house and a Girl Scout storage shed. McLain’s Ford F-250 was found burned on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation and was towed back to Havre.

The following day, McLain was arrested shortly after officers located him driving his GMC Sierra.  Officers were granted warrants to search two of McLain’s vehicles, as well as his home. Officers located methamphetamine in the GMC Sierra, along with several stolen metal sculptures.

McLain is accused of damaging 26 vehicles, one boat, three garages, five mail boxes, one brick pillar and a Girl Scout storage shed. Total estimated damage is believed to exceed $125,000.

Days after being arrested, McLain bonded out of the Hill County Detention Center.

On March 29th, McLain was found to allegedly be in violation of his release conditions, which included abiding by a curfew and remaining 1,000 feet away from any of the victims in this matter.

Based on data from a monitoring device McLain was wearing, officers found him to have been traveling all over Havre after curfew, including to one of the victim’s homes.

McLain, who denies violating his release conditions, was arrested later that day. He is now in the Hill County Detention Center on bonds totaling $400,000.

No future court dates have been set.

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