HELENA — A Poplar man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for a federal drug charge filed after his arrest in a chase that endangered the life of a Roosevelt County deputy sheriff.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon of Great Falls sentenced 49-year-old Robert Belton in Great Falls on Monday. Belton pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Belton still faces charges in Roosevelt County related to his Sept. 5 arrest near Wolf Point.
Prosecutors say he deliberately crashed his pickup truck into a semitrailer to dislodge a deputy who had stepped onto his pickup's running board as Belton tried to flee a traffic stop. The deputy was thrown onto the highway. Belton's charges include assault on a peace officer and criminal endangerment.