High speed chase screams through 3 counties

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, September 6, 2018

A man was arrested on multiple misdemeanor charges last Thursday after allegedly leading law enforcement on a high speed chase through three counties.

The incident began as a traffic complaint of a vehicle “brake-checking” other vehicles on I-90 in Sweet Grass County at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, according to Still-water County Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Smith.

Deputy Cole Waltner found the vehicle in Stillwater County, backing up in the passing lane, at mile marker

396. Waltner conducted a traffic stop and while making contact with the driver, the driver fled eastbound in the vehicle, said Smith.

Columbus police attempted to deploy a set of spike strips at mile marker 408, but that was unsuccessful and the pursuit continued eastbound, with speeds between 90 to 100 mph. Laurel police and Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputies were advised.

As the driver approached the Laurel construction zone, he drove off the road and around other vehicles. Spike strips were successfully deployed at 10:15 p.m. near Laurel, according to Stillwater County Sheriff’s dispatch records.

Laurel police deployed a spike strip just west of Laurel, which punctured two of the suspect’s tires. The driver took the off ramp and fled on foot.

“We were able to locate the driver by the refinery and take him into custody,” said Smith. “Billings PD assisted by sending a K-9 to do a drug sniff of the vehicle and the vehicle was seized as evidence. The investigation is continuing.”

The driver was issued several citations, booked at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility and released.