Stolen car

Billings police and fire were on the scene of a crash at 4th Street West and Terry Avenue Wednesday morning. Occupants of the car ran from the scene.

LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

A pair of would-be thieves didn't make it very far Wednesday morning.

Billings resident Ed Hensel was driving his daughter to school, heading north up Fourth Street West, when he said the Honda Prelude came flying down Terry Avenue and slammed into his Ford Explorer.

"He hit me right in the middle of the intersection," Hensel said. "He was going fast, because he knew he was already in trouble."

The crash caused Hensel's SUV to slide into a parked Subaru, while the Honda spun through the snowy intersection and hit a parked Jeep, he said.

Standing with his daughter next to the Honda's detached bumper and other scattered car debris, Hensel added, "It feels like a Monday."

The driver and a woman who took off running after the collision were both arrested, Billings Police Sgt. Shane Winden said.

Police responded around 7 a.m. after a resident on the 500 block of Terry Avenue reported the duo walking up the street, trying the door handles on parked cars, he said.

A patrol car spotted the Honda near Ninth Street West, Winden said, and the car took off toward the east after police tried to pull it over.

The driver, Travis John Iverson, 26, is being held in the Yellowstone County Detention Center on a federal absconding warrant, Winden said, along with a felony criminal endangerment charge, misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer and a pair of traffic citations.

His passenger, 19-year-old Tiffiny June Pearson, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction and drug possession charges. Both were also cited for prowling.

As police inspected the damage Wednesday morning, a woman emerged from her house halfway up the block, started her car, left it running, then walked back inside.

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Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.