Helena man accused of driving truck into a house several times

Posted at 1:42 PM, Apr 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-21 15:42:32-04

Lilomiava Mata Asiata of Helena is accused of driving his pickup truck into an Eastgate house several times while attempting to hit someone with the vehicle.

Asiata, 72 years old, appeared before Justice of the Peace Judge Michael Swingley on Friday on a charge of assault with a weapon, which is a felony.

On Thursday evening, Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a domestic situation. The victim reported that Asiata was ramming his truck into the house.

At the scene, deputies saw a white pickup truck parked partially in the yard with heavy front-end damage. At that time a deputy also noted significant damage to the house.

According to court documents, Asiata told a deputy that he wanted to “bust up” the house and admitted to attempting to ram the victim with the truck while the victim was standing on the front porch of the residence. 

Asiata allegedly went through the garage door of the residence with his truck, hitting another vehicle parked inside and causing significant damage.

Officers also saw "significant damage" to a bedroom in the house. The wall of the bedroom had been breached by the truck and pushed the bed several feel to the opposing wall while the victim was standing in the bedroom.

Bond for Asiata was set at $25,000 and his preliminary hearing will be May 7th.

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