POLSON, Mont. — The former editor of the Quad City Herald and Lake Chelan Mirror will appear in a Montana court Oct. 15 to face three misdemeanor charges.
Vince Lovato, 53, was arrested Oct. 1 and is facing charges of obstructing a peace officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, court records show.
Lovato, the current editor of the Lake County Leader, was arrested while on the job at a head-on crash on Montana 53.
Montana State Trooper Anthony Isbell handcuffed Lovato following an incident at the crash scene, the Lake County Leader reported.
Details of the incident were not released by law enforcement or the newspaper.
The Montana Highway Patrol is directing all questions to the Lake County Attorney's Office; the prosecuting attorney has so far declined to comment on specifics.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office transported Lovato to the Lake County Jail, where he was booked and released on his own recognizance, court records show.
According to Montana state laws, Lovato is facing a potential $1,000 fine and year in jail for disorderly conduct, and a fine of $500 and six months in jail for each of the other two charges.
Lovato is the former editor of the Cheland-based Lake Chelan Mirror and Quad City Herald newspapers, as well as current editor of the Lake Chelan Live! website.