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Woman shot near Deer Lodge after chase is facing felony charges

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-03 16:34:31-05

BUTTE — Sarah Jane Tate, the woman who was shot in late December near Deer Lodge after ramming a stolen vehicle into two police vehicles, has been charged with several felonies.

According to Powell County Justice Court documents, Tate is facing charges of violation of a no-contact order, assault on a peace officer, criminal mischief, theft, and fleeing from or eluding a peace officer.

According to the documents, at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, a Powell County Sheriff's deputy along with Deer Lodge police officers responded to a report of a suspect, later identified as Tate, violating a restraining order that was issued on December 23, 2021, relating to a pending partner or family member assault charge.

Tate had reportedly gone to the victim's house and vandalized and stolen property from the victim. When law enforcement found her and tried to have her exit a vehicle she was in, she refused and drove off; the vehicle was reported stolen at the time.

A chase ensued on roads in and just outside of Deer Lodge. Two more Deer Lodge police officers and a Montana State Highway patrol officer aided in the chase and spike strips were successfully deployed twice during the chase, but Tate reportedly continued driving and refused to pull over for officers.

Tate then allegedly drove onto a city street, where she deliberately drove her vehicle into a parked civilian car, then rammed two of the police vehicles.

In ramming one of the police vehicles, she hit the driver's side door and caused reasonable apprehension of injury, according to documents.

She was only stopped after two officers discharged their firearms at the suspect.

Tate was taken to a hospital for treatment of her injury.