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Report of drunk driver leads to high-speed chase in and around Great Falls

Posted: Feb 03, 2018 1:28 AM Updated:

The chase began with a report of a possible drunk driver near Ulm.

A Montana Highway Patrol saw the suspect vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver sped away.

The suspect got off of I-15 and led the trooper into Great Falls along 10th Avenue South. The chase continued into the Gibson Flats/Sand Coulee area southeast of Great Falls. 

The suspect then headed back into Great Falls, and eventually headed out of town along Northwest Bypass and toward Sun Prairie.

Officers deployed spike strips, which disabled the vehicle. The suspect then ran away into nearby fields.

The search for the suspect included officers from the MHP, Cascade County Sheriff's Office, Great Falls Police Department, and the Vaughn Fire Department. A drone was also used to survey the fields and area in and around Sun Prairie.

There is no indication that the suspect is armed, and Trooper Arnold of the MHP says that there is no public danger.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office says that the suspect has not been apprehended.

We will update you when we get more information.


(1st Report, 11:43 p.m., Friday) We have received numerous reports of at least one high-speed chase in and around Great Falls.

The initial reports indicated a chase on the southeast side of Great Falls and in the Gibson Flats and Sand Coulee area.

A short time later, there were reports of a chase on the west side of Great Falls.

We do not know if the incidents are the same, or separate.

The reports began coming in to the KRTV Facebook page just after 11 p.m. on Friday:

  • Joe Barlow: Three law enforcement cars chasing vehicle through Gibson Flats.
  • Christa Liscum: Know what the car chase is south of GF on the back roads heading towards Centerville?
  • Jennifer Wampole-lesmeister‎: Just passed high speed chase on 10th
  • Eric Elledge: High speed chase around 10th Ave. S.? I've been hearing sirens for about 30 minutes now.
  • Christine Adamson Sheldon: Over 4 cop cars and other emergency responders just went flying up upper river road all lights and sirens at high rates of speed.
  • Charley Fern: Any news on a high speed chase or anything? Heard lots of cops heading north on 15th street a few minutes ago. Sounded like a chase
  • Vaniea Reese:Just had a bunch of cops at high speed race down my street over here on the west side. 5th ave nw.
  • Dan Mann: About 6 or 7 police cars in hot pursuit from Black Eagle to the westside including 10th ave So bridge and central West and Smelter Ave all headed at high speed. Looks like it might be on Central West about 15th street now.

And private messages sent to KRTV:

  • High speed chase going on 15th Street 2nd Ave north
  • High speed chase just by Sam's club
  • What’s going on with all the cops that just flew by the Alberta motel

We do not yet know what is going on, but will try to find out and let you know.

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