Gallatin Gateway man arrested after reportedly ramming woman’s car

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jun 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-02 15:08:23-04

BOZEMAN – A man who is accused of stealing more than $5,000  worth of construction trailers and tools from residences and storage units around Gallatin County in May was arrested again on Thursday.

Brad Allen Essig, 36, was arrested for two different crimes around 4 p.m. on Thursday and was seen in Gallatin County Justice Court Friday morning.

Charging documents say a woman, who says she is Essig’s ex-girlfriend, called 911 after Essig reportedly hit her vehicle twice with his vehicle. The woman reported that after that, Essig continued to chase her down Gallatin Road, attempting to run her off the road and followed her at high speeds as she attempted to flee. The woman told officers that the believed Essig would hit her vehicle causing her to wreck into the ditch or the river. She also told an officer that she believed she would die in the crash or drown in the river.

Police say a black bear’s paws and head were in Essig’s Chevy Blazer when he was arrested, resulting in a charge of unlawful possession, shipment, transportation of game fish, bird, game or fur-bearing animal – large game.

Essig is facing one felony charge and one misdemeanor and his bail was set at $100,000. His next appearance in court will be June 26.


Man accused of stealing construction trailers, tools held on $50K bail