Man in custody following high speed chase

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Butte man is facing a felony charge following a high-speed chase Wednesday night that started in Park City and ended in Billings, with speeds that topped out at 125 mph.

Joe Zamora, a 38-year-old from Butte, was arrested in Billings and charged with felony criminal endangerment and one misdemeanor count of driving with expired registration, said Stillwater County Undersheriff Randy Smith.

Trouble started at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, when a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on Zamora’s Honda Accord in Park City. The traffic stop quickly turned into a chase and deputies pursued Zamora eastbound on I-90 and into Yellowstone County. Smith said speeds ranged from 75 mph to 125 mph.

Zamora exited the interstate at mile marker 443 and he and a passenger fled on foot in the area of the Big Horn Resort, said Smith. Approximately an hour later, Zamora was taken into custody and the passenger was released.

Smith said Zamora’s car was seized and a search warrant was being applied for.

Also involved in the incident were the Montana Highway Patrol, the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office and the Billings Police Department.