Man who ran over friend outside of bar draws two-year sentence

Marlo Pronovost
SCN Editor

A Park City man was taken into custody following a court hearing last Friday to begin serving a 2-year sentence for running over a friend outside of bar last year, causing life-threatening injuries.

Charles Madsen, 24, chose to not make a statement before being sentenced on two felony counts of criminal endangerment and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

District Judge Blair Jones imposed what amounts to an eight-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections with all but two years suspended. Once Madsen is released from custody, he will be required to abide by 33 court-ordered conditions and will be on probation for a total of eight years.

Defense attorney Greg Paskell told Jones that his client is the father of a newborn who now understands the seriousness of the charges. Madsen was jailed once while waiting for the case to be resolved when he violated court orders by getting terminated from an alcohol program and failing to keep in touch with his attorney.

The sentence was a joint recommendation of Stillwater County Attorney Nancy Rohde and Paskell. Jones said it provides for rehabilitation and a measure of community safety.


The case

According to court documents, law enforcement was called to Park City on April 3, 2016, at 10:59 p.m. Witnesses told investigators that Madsen had come into Pop’s Bar and said there was a problem. Outside they found “a body was lying in a mud puddle and bleeding from the head” having been run over by Madsen, according to court documents.  

All the parties involved were friends who had played paintball together earlier in the day. When one of them called 911, Madsen allegedly “freaked out,” moved the truck behind the bar and fled the scene on foot. Madsen eventually returned to the scene and admitted to drinking whiskey, taking a friend’s truck to buy cigarettes and backing up over what “felt like a speed bump” and then fleeing the scene after seeing the victim on the ground, according to court documents.


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