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A Billings man claimed he wasn't at the wheel when his vehicle ran from police and crashed twice, sending another driver to the hospital.

Adam William Harman, 35, was charged with felony criminal endangerment. He was also charged with fleeing from or eluding a peace officer, failure to stop or remain at an accident scene and failure to give notice of an accident, which are misdemeanors.

Harman pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday in Yellowstone County District Court.

A Billings police officer saw Harman's vehicle speeding at 9 p.m. on March 20, near Broadwater Avenue and 15th Street West. The Honda SUV bore the notable license plate of MT LUV, court documents state.

The officer tried to pull over the Honda, which pulled off through a parking lot before crashing into a pillar in front of the Bones Arcade bar. As the officer approached, the Honda took off again, charges state. The officer stayed to investigate at the parking lot.

Minutes later, officers got a report of a hit-and-run crash at Fifth Street West and Yellowstone Avenue, which reportedly involved Harman's Honda. The driver of the other car went to the hospital and later reported having a concussion and getting medication for the injuries.

Harman called the police the next morning to report his vehicle stolen. Officers later arrested him at his work. He has denied being the driver but hasn't allowed officers to look at his phone, charges state.

One witness claimed seeing a person named "Adam" in his yard at 8:30 p.m. The witness said he appeared drunk and was trying to get home, which was near Harman's house.

Harman was convicted of criminal endangerment in 2015 after he was found intoxicated and passed out inside a vehicle in a Taco Bell drive-through lane.


General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.