Apr 25, 2013 3:15 PM by Erin Schattauer (Bozeman)

$100K bail for woman accused of Bozeman crime spree, police chase

BOZEMAN - Brandi Hodgin of Billings, who police say led them on a day-long crime spree through Bozeman that ended with her crashing a stolen truck through a fence and landing it in a creek, appeared in court to face charges on Thursday.

Hodgin, 27, is charged with two counts of criminal endangerment and one count each of forgery and theft.

Judge Rick West set her bail at $100,000 on Thursday morning, saying that Hodgin is a "large danger to the community."

The incident began at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday when a man reported that a checkbook was stolen from his vehicle.

Less than half an hour later, Hodgin cashed a stolen check for $875 at a 19th Avenue bank, court papers state.

Later in the day, Hodgin reportedly tried to cash two more stolen checks, totaling $1,400, at another bank location. The clerk learned of the fraudulent activity and alerted police who responded to the bank.

When police arrived, Hodgin drove away in a pickup truck, according to court papers.

She then led police on a 35-mile chase, reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour in areas where the speed limit was posted 25 to 45 mph, accoding to court documents.She was then seen traveling north on Highway 191.

Stop sticks were laid out at the intersection of Gooch Hill and Huffine Lane.

She continued driving east on Huffine Lane before crashing through a 10-foot metal fence. The pickup truck ended up in a creek just 20 feet from a home.

Hodgin then got out and tried to run away but was caught by officers, court papers state.

No one was injured.

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