A 26-year-old man is accused of stealing a car, leading police on a brief chase and causing a four-car pileup in Billings on Wednesday morning.
Travis John Iverson was scheduled to appear in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Thursday. He faces two counts of criminal endangerment, a felony, and four misdemeanors: theft first offense, obstructing a peace officer, driving while the privilege to do so has been suspended or revoked and operating a motor vehicle without liability protection in effect.
Justice of the Peace Jeanne Walker set bond at $50,000.
Police were called to Third Street West and Terry Avenue on Wednesday around 7 a.m. for a report that two people in a Honda Prelude were driving around slowly, with the passenger trying to open doors on parked, running cars, according to charging documents.
After locating the Honda, officers activated their lights and sirens and tried to pull the car over, but it kept driving, heading east on Terry Ave.
Another officer whose car was ahead of the Honda activated his lights, but the Honda drove around that police car, continuing east on Terry Avenue, charges state. The driver failed to obey stop signs at Sixth Street West and Fifth Street West.
Officers were still watching the Honda as it arrived at Fourth Street West, collided with another car and spun out, causing a four-car wreck.
More than half a million dollars in personal property went missing in Billings during 2017 in the form of 118 stolen cars that were never recovered.
Officers saw the driver get out of the Honda and run north. An officer arrested him and on the way back to his patrol car found a missing shoe believed to belong to the female passenger. She was apprehended by another officer, who found her lying on her stomach behind a wall, hiding in an enclosed porch nearby, charges state.
The driver was later identified as Iverson.
The car Iverson had been driving was registered to a 73-year-old man, police learned. The man said the car had been stolen earlier in the week, but he had not yet filed a police report.
Iverson had a no-bond federal parole violation warrant out at the time of his arrest, charges state.