Man pleads guilty to charges for I-90 high-speed chase on New Year's Day

2014-04-04T16:58:00Z 2014-04-04T23:16:15Z Man pleads guilty to charges for I-90 high-speed chase on New Year's DayGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to six charges in connection to a high-speed chase on Interstate 90 on New Year’s Day.

Bradley Valentino Jackson appeared in Yellowstone County District Court, where he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of criminal endangerment and misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended or revoked license, fleeing from or eluding a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer and criminal mischief.

Jackson admitted that on Jan. 1 he drove at speeds greater than 90 mph while fleeing from officers and damaging a fence along the interstate. He also admitted to endangering his two underage passengers when he crashed into a ravine. Jackson also confirmed to District Judge Ingrid Gustafson that he ran from officers after the crash.

The chase started after a Laurel Police officer saw a Chevrolet van speeding on East Main Street in Laurel on New Year’s Day, according to police.

The officer tried to stop the van, but it sped away through a red light, narrowly avoiding other vehicles, according to charging documents.

Police pursued Jackson and his passengers onto I-90. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle with spikes, but Jackson avoided them by entering the median.

He then 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.

Jackson and another man, identified as Dennis Sullivan, were arrested after trying to run away.

Sullivan was wanted in Butte for a probation violation, police said. The status of his case was not clear Friday.

Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced June 16 by District Judge Gregory Todd.

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