A Wednesday morning chase that began on the north side of Missoula ended with gunshots being fired in Lake County.
Just before noon, Missoula police officers attempted to pull over a black Ford Taurus that was seen driving recklessly around residential neighborhood. The driver sped away, heading west on I-90 and turning north on US Highway 93 toward Lake County, reaching speeds between 85 and 90 miles per hour.
Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says that after police requested assistance from his office and Flathead Tribal Police, officers called off the chase near Arlee in order to try and stop the vehicle using stop sticks.
A Tribal Officer later noticed the car passing in a no-passing zone near North Valley Drive and began following the car heading north on Highway 93, before turning east onto graveled side roads north of St. Ignatius.
Once the chase hit Eagle Pass trail in the Ninepipes area, Bell says a passenger drew a pistol and fired at the officers.
The vehicle then stopped on Eagle Pass trail where officers fired shots at the suspects before they surrendered.
No injuries were reported.
The only occupants in the vehicle, two females, were arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail. Their names have not yet been released.
We will update you as we get more information.
UPDATE: The two people involved in the chase have been identified as Alta Littlelight-Threefingers of Crow Agency, 34 years old; and Roishell St. Dennis, 27.
Lake County Sheriff Don Bell released their names on Thursday morning.
According to Sheriff Bell, Littlelight-Threefingers was the driver, and St. Dennis was the passenger. He says that St. Dennis is on felony probation on charges of robbery and assault with a weapon, and has a Missoula address. According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Littlelight-Threefingers has convictions in Big Horn County and Yellowstone County for criminal endangerment, felony DUI, and escape.