Monday morning I-90 chase ends in Billings

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, October 31, 2019
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An early morning chase that started in Columbus ended in Billings involving multiple law enforcement agencies and one arrest.

At 7:07 a.m., Columbus Police Officer Gary Timm attempted to stop a vehicle on Ninth Avenue for displaying the wrong license plate. The vehicle was being driven by 21-year-old Billings resident Cody Lyons.

Instead of pulling over, Lyons allegedly drove to the eastbound onramp on I-90 and headed toward Billings, traveling between 94 and 100 mph, according to Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office dispatch records.

Deputies Skylar Steele, Larry Bernhardt and Ren Crain joined the pursuit.

At mile marker 419, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Brett Riesinger set up spike strips, which Lyons drove around. Trooper Riesinger then joined the pursuit, taking the lead near Valley Creek.

Stillwater County deputies broke off the pursuit at East Laurel, as Yellowstone County law enforcement was waiting. Timm remained in the pursuit until the construction area near Laurel, according to dispatch records.

MHP Sergeant Kyle Hayter successfully “spiked” the vehicle a mile before Zoo Dr exit, which is where the pursuit ended, said Trooper Riesinger.

Lyons was arrested and as of Wednesday, remained in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on one felony count of criminal endangerment. Trooper Riesinger said more charges will be filed by the appropriate county attorney’s office, including possible drug charges.