Woman leads police on chase, crashes into ZooMontana gates

Posted at 7:59 AM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 09:59:47-04

(BILLINGS) A woman who led police on an early Monday morning chase from Laurel to Billings is in custody and facing several charges.

Leona Holliday, 32, was cited for criminal endangerment, possession of dangerous drugs, and expired registration.

According to Laurel police, residents on the 500 and 600 blocks of First Avenue reported hearing gunshots about 6 a.m. Monday.

Police found the suspect vehicle near East Main Street, but the female driver refused to stop and sped away, first onto old Highway 10 and then west on Interstate 90.

The driver then flipped around and headed east on I-90 toward Billings and exited at Zoo Drive.

While on I-90, the vehicle ran over a spike strip placed by a Yellowstone County deputy, which blew one tire, according to Laurel police.

The chase ended at the gates to ZooMontana when the driver crashed into the locked gates, police said.

 She then tried to run but was quickly apprehended.

Laurel police, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputies, and Montana Highway Patrol were all involved in the chase.

Officers recovered a pistol and drugs from the Chevy Trailblazer. Holliday is being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

There is no word yet on how much damage was caused to the ZooMontana gates.

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