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Charges: Trucker involved in Tooele County crash had drugs, stolen mail

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TOOELE — A Tooele County truck driver is facing multiple charges unrelated to an October crash with another semi that led to his initial arrest.

Charles Boyd Montoya, 42, of Erda, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with drug possession with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony; five counts of mail theft, a third-degree felony; and DUI and causing an accident, both class B misdemeanors.

On Oct. 6, Tooele police responded to the intersection of 200 West and state Route 112 on a report of a semitractor-trailer crashing into another semi. 

After the crash, Montoya ran from the scene and was found hiding near a park with “a large quantity of crystal-like substance that appeared to be methamphetamine,” according to a police affidavit. Inside his backpack, police also found drug-related paraphernalia, the affidavit states, while several prescription bottles were found in his wrecked semi.

Montoya was arrested and booked into the Tooele County Jail.

According to charging documents, it was later confirmed that Montoya had been using meth. Furthermore, investigators discovered he was in possession of mail from at least five addresses that were not his, the charges state.

Montoya, who has lived in Salt Lake County and Wyoming, according to court records, has a lengthy criminal history in Utah, including a prior conviction of drug possession with intent to distribute in 2006.