A 20-year-old man arrested after a high-speed chase on Interstate 90 on New Year’s Day faces six criminal charges, including two felony counts of endangering his underage passengers.
Bradley Valentino Jackson appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on two counts of felony criminal endangerment.
He also faces misdemeanor counts of fleeing or eluding a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Judge Pedro R. Hernandez set bond at $15,000 and ordered Jackson to appear Jan. 9 before District Judge Mary Jane Knisely for arraignment.
A Laurel police officer saw a Chevrolet van speeding on East Main Street in Laurel on New Year’s Day, according to a police news release.
The officer tried to stop the van, which had an expired temporary license plate, but it sped away through a red light, narrowly avoiding other vehicles, according to charging documents.
The van continued onto Interstate 90, where the driver, later identified as Jackson, reached speeds of between 80 and 90 mph as he drove west for about 12 miles, the documents say.
Stillwater County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the vehicle with spikes, but Jackson avoided them by entering the median.
He then went back into the median and drove the wrong way in the westbound lane before leaving the road and going 200 yards north through a field and crashing into a ravine, Laurel police said.
Two minors, ages 12 and 17, were apprehended at the vehicle, while Jackson and another man, identified as Dennis Sullivan, were arrested after trying to run away, charging documents say.
The 12-year-old was treated for minor injuries, according to Laurel police.
The two youths reportedly told police they were bouncing around in the back of the van because they didn’t have seatbelts.
The juveniles were released to a family member and not charged.
Officers arrested Sullivan, who was wanted in Butte for a probation violation. He is being held at the Yellowstone County Jail with a total bond of $30,335.