Man facing 6 charges after high-speed chase

2014-05-12T17:10:00Z 2014-05-12T23:17:05Z Man facing 6 charges after high-speed chaseBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man is facing six charges after a high-speed chase Saturday that prosecutors said reached 105 mph and ended in Laurel.

Robert Gene Hart Jr., 36, appeared Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court, where Judge David A. Carter set bond at $5,000 and ordered him to appear in District Court on May 23.

A Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputy saw a Honda Accord with an expired registration on Saturday afternoon and tried to pull the car over, according to court documents. 

He reported the vehicle reached speeds of up to 105 mph.

As the deputy pursued the car, he saw a “black, then brown cloud rise into the sky ahead of him” at the intersection of 88th Street West and Grand Avenue, where the car left the road and went through a fence before returning to 88th Street West, dragging with it between 30 and 50 feet of barbed wire, according to charging documents.

The pursuit continued to Laurel, where the car turned into a trailer park on Milwaukee Road. The driver, identified as Hart, and a female passenger fled the vehicle and were later found by officers.

Hart was arrested, and initially denied knowledge of the chase, but later admitted he had fled because his passenger had an outstanding warrant. She is not identified in charging documents.

Hart is charged with a count of felony criminal endangerment. He is also facing misdemeanor counts of fleeing from or eluding a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, operating a vehicle without proper registration and failing to give notice of property damage along a highway.

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