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Suspect at large after high-speed chase along I-90

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Jun 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 19:10:54-04

Columbus police are searching for a suspect who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Tuesday, June 7, 2022, on Interstate 90 in Stillwater and Yellowstone counties reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour.

The incident began about 1:45 a.m. when a Columbus police officer pulled over a 2000 Ford Mustang near the Town Pump near exit 408 of Interstate 90, Chief Gary Timm said in a news release.

As the officer approached the car on foot, the driver took off and headed west on I-90. He then went into the median at mile marker 405 and entered the eastbound lanes, according to Timm.

Columbus police gave chase into Yellowstone County, where Laurel police placed spike strips to slow down the vehicle, according to Timm.

The vehicle went off the interstate at the East Laurel exit - about 30 miles away from the start of the chase - then continued north onto Laurel Airport Road.

On the 6300 block of Bearpaw Drive, the driver jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran away; the Mustang crashed into a garage in the neighborhood.

The driver escaped by scaling several fences, Timm said.

The passenger - a 25-year-old woman - tried to run but was caught. She was released with no charges, according to Timm.

Columbus police are still trying to find out who the driver was and why he ran. The driver was not the registered owner of the vehicle, according to Timm.