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Police chase reported in Missoula

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Posted at 6:52 PM, Oct 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-25 14:16:59-04

MISSOULA — An investigation is underway after a person died following a Saturday evening chase involving law enforcement officers in Missoula.

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating the incident where a man died after his vehicle went into a pond in a quarry during the chase.

Missoula Police Department spokeswoman Lydia Arnold says the incident began on 11th Street West after the driver failed to stop for a routine traffic stop. 

Officers lost sight of the vehicle for a short period of time before the vehicle was then spotted by officers, according to Arnold.

The driver eventually stopped in the Target Range neighborhood before he eventually drove off once again.

Arnold says MPD then decided to terminate the chase. However, officers later saw a man get out of the vehicle after it crashed into a pond at a quarry behind the elementary school.

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Arnold says officers gave verbal commands to the driver as he started swimming in the water away from police.

The man went underwater and a Missoula County Search and Rescue dive team eventually located his body. 

The man's name has not yet been released by authorities.

DCI is now investigating the incident.

(1st REPORT) The Missoula Police Department confirmed that officers initiated a chase on Saturday night.

The chase of the vehicle took officers through the Target Range neighborhood at around 8:20 p.m. and ended off South Avenue West, behind the elementary school by the quarry.

Police told MTN News that there is no danger to the public and an investigation is underway.

Jeannette Smith, Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, told MTN News that "Missoula Search and Rescue mobilized and assisted with [a] river search."

Law enforcement was still on the scene around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

No further information is available at this time. We will update you if we get more information.

There was another chase earlier on Saturday - click here for details.

Target Range high-speed chase, Oct. 23