Samantha Nicole Wise has been charged with three felonies in Great Falls after she allegedly stole from Shopko and led police on a high-speed chase.
The incident happened on Tuesday, January 9th, when police officers responded to a report of shoplifting at the Shopko store on the Northwest Bypass. One of the two suspects - later identified s Derek Xavier Nisbet - ran away, but was soon apprehended in West Bank Park.
The other suspect - Wise - drove away from the scene in a white SUV. Police officers began searching the area for the SUV, and an officer soon found it in a casino parking lot on the 1800 block of 6th Street NW. The officer gave Wise a command to turn the vehicle off. According to court documents, Wise "then grinned at (the officer) and flipped him off." Wise then accelerated toward the officer, who had to step out of the way to avoid being hit.
The officer got back into his patrol vehicle and began following Wise. Court documents state that Wise "blew through" a stop sign at 1st Avenue NW and 9th Street NW, and failed to yield at any of the uncontrolled intersections as she continued fleeing. The officer soon called off the chase due to safety concerns as Wise approached West Elementary School.
A short time later, Wise was seen driving east by another police officer on Central Avenue West. The officer pulled in to the center lane to turn around an initiate a traffic stop.
According to court documents, Wise saw the officer and "maneuvered her vehicle into the center lane and drove directly towards (the officer." The officer had to veer back into the westbound lane to avoid being hit by the SUV.
Court documents note that dashcam videos from the officers' patrol cars will be downloaded and entered into evidence.
The documents also note that the white SUV had been reported stolen.
On Wednesday, January 10th, several police officers were dispatched to a residence on the 1800 block of 25th Avenue South to assist Cascade County Sheriff's deputies apprehend Wise.
At the residence, officers asked Nisbet if Wise was inside; Nisbet indicated that she has left through a bathroom window.
Wise was found inside the residence under a large pile of clothing and miscellaneous items, according to court documents, which state that Wise "appeared as if she had been hidden under the items."
Court documents state that Nisbet has convictions for theft, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, assault with a weapon, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the charging documents, Nisbet was released from his sentence last July, and is a violent offender required to register under Montana law.
Nisbet is charged with obstructing justice, a felony. Prosecutors requested that bond for Nisbet be set at $25,000.
Wise is charged with three felonies: two counts of assault with a weapon, and one count of theft (possession of stolen property).
Court documents state that Wise currently has several outstanding warrants, including a $1,065 warrant for theft, a $1,585 warrant for failure to appear (underlying crime of theft), and a $2,186 warrant for failure to pay (underlying traffic violations).
Prosecutors requested that bond for Wise be set at $75,000, noting the "serious nature of the assault against officers...and her flight from law enforcement which endangered the community as a whole."
We have requested a booking photo of Wise from the Cascade County Detention Center, but they have not yet been able to provide one.