Myers charged with ramming MHP car with a stolen vehicle after a high-speed chase

Posted at 11:29 AM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 13:29:58-04

Maurice Danaye Myers of Helena, who was arrested Thursday after attempting to ram a Montana Highway Patrol trooper’s car with a stolen vehicle after a high-speed chase that ended in Big Sky, now faces several felony charges in Gallatin County.

Myers, 32  years old, has been charged with two countys of felony theft, assault with a weapon, three counts of felony endangerment, felony possession of dangerous drugs, and tampering with evidence.

Myers has a criminal record; court documents show he has a rape conviction in Cascade County and a probation violation in 2015.

According to court documents, at around 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen Honda Accord from a Belgrade address.

When Belgrade police officers arrived, they saw a 2012 Ford Escape that had been reported as stolen from a car dealership in Billings.

At about the same time, an MHP trooper saw the Honda Accord exit Jackrabbit Lane and access I-90 eastbound.

The trooper began to follow the car and it sped up, getting off the highway at the Airport Interchange. A chase ensued, which continued south on Jackrabbit Lane, to the Four Corners area.

The chase continued south on Highway 191 toward the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, where law enforcement officers chose to discontinue the chase due to public safety concerns.

A short time later, a deputy in Big Sky intercepted the stolen vehicle and began following it. The vehicle turned onto Lone Mountain Road where, due to high speeds and erratic driving, the chase was again discontinued.

Security personnel near the Huntley Lodge saw the car enter the area and kept eyes on it until it began traveling back down Lone Mountain Road.

Law enforcement officers 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.

Officers again began following the car and continued to about mile marker 8, where the suspect vehicle attempted to ram an MHP trooper’s car. The suspect vehicle and the trooper’s vehicle were both disabled.

Myers reportedly then stuck both hands out the window, and then was placed on the ground and handcuffed.

While helping Meyers up, a glass smoking pipe, commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, fell from him on the ground and Myers allegedly stomped on it, crushing it into small pieces. Myers then reportedly said: “Sorry, I had to do that to keep from another charge.”

During questioning, Myers reportedly admitted stealing the Ford Escape before driving it to Belgrade where he stole the Honda Accord, which was running and unattended.

Myers also admitted being under the influence of methamphetamine. He told officers that he had driven at speeds near 120 miles per hour, and has led law enforcement officers in traffic chases on numerous occasions, and knew that driving at, or toward, oncoming traffic often caused officers to discontinue pursuit.

Myers also reportedly admitted that he knew someone could have been easily killed as a result of his actions.

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