Reported High-Speed Chase Ends Near Big Sky [Update]
Update from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:
On Thursday morning at about 0700 hours, Gallatin County dispatch received a report of a stolen white Honda Accord, from a Belgrade address.
Belgrade Officers went to the address to take the report and located another vehicle that had been reported stolen from the Billings area.
At about the same time, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper witnessed the Honda Accord exit Jackrabbit Lane and access I-90 east bound.
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 the vehicle until it began traveling back down Lone Mountain Road. Law Enforcement were 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 a 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 have an initial appearance before a Judge on Friday morning.
Several people in the Bozeman area reported seeing a high-speed chase that apparently began in the Gallatin Valley and ended near Big Sky.
Multiple police vehicles were witnessed in pursuit of a single car. According to reports, initial stages of the chase were on Jackrabbit Lane. From there, the chase continued through Gallatin Gateway, winding through the Gallatin Canyon toward Big Sky.
Facebook video of the apparent scene was shared by a witness, Thursday morning. All videos courtesy of Mark A. Campbell/Facebook.
This is a developing story. We will update as more information becomes available.