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Great Falls man charged after high-speed chase results in crash

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Mar 06, 2023

Don Lee David Stratton has been charged after reportedly leading police on a chase in Great Falls and crashing into two vehicles on Friday, March 3, 2023.

Court documents released on Monday state that Stratton has been charged with five counts of felony criminal endangerment.

He is also facing one count of misdemeanor fleeing from or eluding a peace officer, one count of misdemeanor reckless driving, and two counts of misdemeanor failure to obey a traffic signal.

As of Monday, Stratton remains jailed at the Cascade County Detention Center.


(MARCH 3, 2023) A wanted man led law enforcement officers on a chase in Great Falls on Friday evening (March 3, 2023), resulting in a multi-car crash. The Great Falls Police Department said in a news release at 7:30 p.m. that police were searching for 55-year Don Lee David Stratton, who was wanted on a $750,000 revocation warrant.

Stratton's original charges were sex offenses, with at least one juvenile victim, according to the GFPD.

GFPD patrol officers, GFPD detectives, and a Cascade County Sheriff's deputy stopped Stratton in his vehicle just north of Great Falls near 15th Street North.

After stopping, Stratton then sped away in his vehicle, with officers chasing after him. Police say Stratton eventually caused a three-car crash at 14th Street and 2nd Avenue North.

Wanted man crashes while leading police on chase in Great Falls

The vehicles of the two victims were "significantly damaged" with minor injuries to the occupants; they did not require transportation to a hospital.

Stratton sustained "significant" but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

In addition to the $750,000 warrant, Stratton is now facing a felony criminal endangerment charge and several traffic-related charges.

We will update you if we get more information.


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