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3 juveniles arrested after police chase in Polson

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 09, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-09 20:02:46-05

POLSON — Three people were arrested on Tuesday, Januar 9, 2024, in the Polson area following a chase by law enforcement officers.

The incident began at about 12:15 a.m. as police officers were assisting the Montana Highway Patrol with a vehicle theft investigation.

While officers were attempting to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, near Montana Highway 35 at the intersection of US Highway 93, the chase began.

Officers followed the vehicle through Polson, mostly on Highway 93, according to a news release. 

Polson Police Chief George Simpson says that during the chase, a Polson police cruiser and Montana Highway Patrol vehicle “sustained disabling damage.”

He added that the officers in the struck vehicles sustained minor injuries.

The chase ended in the parking lot of the Polson Foursquare Church where three juvenile suspects were arrested and taken into custody by Flathead Tribal Police.

None of the suspects were injured during the incident.

Chief Simpson says the suspects are being investigated for any possible involvement in other crimes in the area.

“Thankfully, our valley law enforcement team was able to bring this reckless endangerment to an end and prevent any loss of life and any further property damage,” Chief Simpson stated. “I want to thank all our local law enforcement partners, first responders, and dispatch for standing the watch over our community as most folks are sound asleep in their homes."

No other details have been released at this point. We will update you if we get more information.