Sign up for our free weekday newsletter.

No shouting. No name calling. Just local Montana reporters working for you.

SmartNews doesn't help newsrooms build sustainable revenue.
But you can.

Enjoying the newsletter? Refer a friend and earn rewards.

We know not everyone can give, so here is another way to support MTFP! It’s easy! Click here to learn how to participate.

Never miss a story. Subscribe to our weekday newsletter.

Posted inNews

State senator charged with reckless driving, obstructing a peace officer

Montana Senate President Pro Tempore Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, has been charged with three misdemeanors, including obstruction of a peace officer, after he was pulled over for speeding in a construction zone in May. The officer reported a verbal altercation with Ellsworth in which the senator claimed he was exempt from arrest because he was a lawmaker traveling for legislative business.