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Suspect arrested in Big Sky after fleeing law enforcement in stolen vehicle

Posted at 3:53 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 17:53:56-04

A stolen vehicle pursuit ended on Thursday with a suspect arrested after fleeing law enforcement from Belgrade to Big Sky and attempting to ram a Montana Highway Patrol trooper’s car.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office states in a press release that it received a report of a stolen white Honda Accord from a Belgrade address around 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Belgrade Officers went to the address to take the report and located another vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Billings.

At about the same time, an MHP trooper witnessed the Honda Accord exit Jackrabbit Lane and access I-90 eastbound.

The trooper began to follow the vehicle and it sped up, exiting at the Airport Interchange. A pursuit was begun which continued south on Jackrabbit Lane, to the Four Corners area.

The pursuit continued south on Highway 191 towards the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, where law enforcement chose to discontinue pursuing due to public safety concerns.

A short time later, a deputy in Big Sky intercepted the stolen vehicle and began pursuit again. The vehicle turned onto Lone Mountain Road where, due to highs speeds and erratic driving, the pursuit was again discontinued.

Security personnel near the Huntley Lodge witnessed the vehicle enter the area and kept eyes on it until it began traveling back down Lone Mountain Road.

Law Enforcement was able to block the roads to keep the suspect from accessing Highway 191. In the Meadow Village area, the suspect encountered law enforcement and turned back up Lone Mountain Road.

Law Enforcement again began pursuit and continued to about mile marker 8, where the suspect vehicle attempted to ram an MHP trooper’s car. The suspect vehicle and the trooper’s vehicle were both disabled. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The subject is being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center and should make an initial appearance on Friday morning.