Missoula Chase Ends in Rollover Crash Near Broadway, Multiple Felony Charges
Missoula police encountered a disturbance in the 1100 block of Broadway street around 6:40 P.M yesterday evening, August 29, that resulted in a slew of felony charges for 22-year-old Lance Kickingwoman.
According to Missoula Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh, the situation began with what appeared to be an assault involving pepper spray. Two men in a vehicle were seen spraying something at a pedestrian on the side of the road.
"As [the officer at the scene] described it, it looked like the persons in the car were spraying something at the person on foot," Welsh said. "The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but rather than pull over to the side of the road, the vehicle sped off, with the officer in pursuit. The vehicle attempted to make a sharp turn a short distance away, and ended up rolling the vehicle on the driver's side. The driver attempted to get out and flee on foot, but was quickly taken into custody."
The driver did not make it very far, and crashed less than four blocks from where the chase began, possibly due to intoxication. Kickingwoman is facing nine charges including DUI, Careless Driving, Fleeing a police officer, Obstructing a peace officer, theft and probation violation. Curiously, the man who was sprayed was also charged with assault with a weapon, for what happened after the incident.
"The male who was on foot during the disturbance, left the area toward the river," Welsh said. "He approached a couple other male pedestrians before crossing onto the island and as he did so he had a folding knife in his hand and actually brandished it as he ran towards two pedestrians that quickly stepped out of his way."
49-year-old Murlyn Thomas was charged with assault with a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. The felony charges for assault appear to have been dropped and Thomas' picture was not taken at the jail.