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Helena man facing several felony charges after high-speed chase

Posted: 10:36 AM, Apr 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-16 12:36:06-04

HELENA – A 26-year-old Helena man is accused of leading police on a high speed chase Saturday that spanned more than 20 miles.

Tanner Taylor Bakke appeared in Lewis and Clark Justice Court Monday on felony charges including criminal endangerment, assault on a peace officer, theft and possession and distribution of dangerous drugs.

Court documents state a Lewis and Clark County deputy tried to stop a truck that had been reported stolen near the intersection of West Custer and North Washington.

The driver did not stop, and court documents state he threw a toolbox from the cab, which damaged a patrol car.

Speeds reached more than 90 miles per hour at times.

Authorities used a spike strip near York and Jimtown roads, however, the driver, later identified as Bakke, continued until near the top of Nelson Road where he ran and was eventually captured by deputies.

Investigators said they found suspected marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms inside the truck.

Bakke’s bond was set at $50,000.