Man charged in connection to multiple high-speed chases

2014-04-23T17:25:00Z 2014-04-23T22:52:47Z Man charged in connection to multiple high-speed chasesBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Prosecutors have charged a man with felony counts of DUI and criminal endangerment in connection to a string of high-speed pursuits Monday night.

Timothy James Anderson, 30, appeared Wednesday before Justice Court Judge Pedro R. Hernandez. Anderson also faces misdemeanor counts of obstructing a peace officer and driving while his license is suspended or revoked.

Hernandez agreed with a request by Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Victoria Callender and set bond at $75,000 after the prosecutor listed Anderson’s criminal history, which includes two burglaries, three DUIs and a count of criminal endangerment.

She also said officers from multiple law enforcement agencies spent about an hour and a half pursuing Anderson on Monday night and that three times the chase had to be called off because of the danger he posed.

Billings police responded to a report of a drunken driver at about 10:18 p.m. Monday. The caller said the driver was in a Buick Park Avenue and had driven west on Yellowstone Avenue and then north on 12th Street West.

Officers responded and attempted to pull over the driver, later identified as Anderson, but he sped away, running a red light and weaving around other drivers, court records say.

Police put down a spike strip, but Anderson drove around it. A Billings police officer investigating the chase learned that the vehicle may have been involved in a hit and run and pursuit in Shepherd that ended when the driver hit a spike strip put down by Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputies.

The driver, confirmed to be Anderson, ran from the vehicle and was apprehended by officers after a foot chase, prosecutors said.

A deputy took Anderson, who showed signs of being drunk, to the county jail. He refused to do a breath test to check for the presence of alcohol and “was combative and uncooperative at the jail and had to be tased twice,” court records say.

He had to be taken to a hospital to have a Taser probe removed.

Anderson is scheduled to be arraigned in District Court on May 2.

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