Crime & Courts

Nov 15, 2013 11:58 AM by Cody Proctor - Great Falls

Hansen pleads not guilty in Great Falls courtroom

GREAT FALLS - Gary Hansen, who was arrested in Wyoming after fleeing Montana, pleaded not guilty in court in Great Falls on Thursday.

Hansen, 57 years old, is charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor for obstructing a police officer.

Law enforcement issued an arrest warrant several months ago after Hansen fled from his home near Great Falls.

Since then there have been searches in both Cascade and Lewis & Clark Counties, including one involving a SWAT team and a helicopter in August.

Officers apprehended Hansen in Powell, Wyoming, in October after an hour-long standoff.

His trial has been set for March.

(November 1, 2013) Gary Hansen led Wyoming law enforcement officials on a mile and a half chase, and then threatened to take his own life during a standoff. Hansen had a knife in his possession.

Hansen was wanted on four felony counts of incest and on a misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer.

On a tip received by the communications center of the Park County Sheriff's Office, the detective said Hansen was possibly working at a ranch in Powell, Wyoming.

According to the press release, "the detective also explained that Hansen had eluded capture on more than one occasion and was therefore a definite flight risk."

After leading law enforcement on a chase for more than a mile, deputies deployed a Taser weapon that proved to be unsuccessful.

Following negotiations, Hansen surrendered peacefully.


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