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Man in custody after high-speed chase in Missoula County

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Posted at 1:32 PM, May 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-31 13:14:04-04

MISSOULA — One man is in custody after a high-speed chase that ended in Bonner on Sunday morning, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Alex Hiday.

The chase was initiated by Montana Highway Patrol after a vehicle failed to stop for an officer and was going more than 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

The chase lasted about an hour and ended in Bonner at around 11:00 a.m. with assistance from the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office said in a news release:

This morning at approximately10:00 AM, Montana Highway Patrol initiated a pursuit near Clearwater. The suspect was driving a gray BMW with Idaho license plates. The car fled at speeds of 130 MPH and continued into Bonner where the driver was apprehended. On multiple occasions it was reported that the suspect drove into on-coming traffic. A Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy also observed a near head on collision near mile marker 5 on Highway 200. If you witnessed, or were a victim of the suspect's car driving into your lane of travel, please call Trooper Hiday at 406-670-0356.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, is currently booked at the Missoula County Detention Center.