A 57-year-old man will serve a little less than four years of probation on a drug offense stemming from a false report of a man being run over by a vehicle.

Larry Joseph Klesalek was sentenced in Yellowstone County District Court Tuesday on a count of felony drug possession.

The charge stems from an incident in September 2018 when police were called one night to the alley behind the 500 block of North 27th Street on reports that a man had been assaulted and then run over.

Investigators later determined that information was incorrect, and that none of the victim’s injuries were consistent with being run over, according to Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Jacob Yerger.

Police found a syringe and straw with meth residue during a search of his vehicle.

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Under a plea agreement, Klesalek pleaded no contest to the meth possession and prosecutors dismissed remaining charges of paraphernalia possession and driving under the influence.

Prosecutors earlier moved to dismiss counts of drug possession and evidence tampering, after alleging Klesalek disposed of heroin in the back seat of a patrol vehicle while being driven to jail.

Yerger said he dropped those charges because, while the substance found in the patrol car field-tested positive for heroin, it came back inconclusive from tests at the Montana State Crime Lab.

The lab does not identify substances, but confirms whether or not a substance is a controlled drug.

District Judge Michael Moses sentenced Klesalek according to the plea agreement, which called for five years of probation. Klesalek will get credit for the 389 days he spent in jail, reducing his sentence to less than four years.

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