Prosecutors: Man in stolen car endangered gymnastics school kids

2013-09-16T15:45:00Z 2013-09-16T20:40:05Z Prosecutors: Man in stolen car endangered gymnastics school kidsGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Bond was set at $50,000 Monday for a Billings man accused of endangering children at a gymnastics school while trying to flee in a stolen car.

Scott Thomas Hall, 30, appeared in Yellowstone County District Court by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal endangerment.

Hall also denied two counts of misdemeanor obstruction and one count each of misdemeanor theft, carrying a concealed weapon and contempt.

Prosecutors said Hall has a pending felony drug charge.

Hall was arrested Sept. 5 after a man called police to report that he had located his stolen 2006 Honda Accord near South Eighth Street West and Kluge Lane, across from the Billings Gymnastics School.

The man and a friend tried to prevent the driver from leaving by blocking the stolen car with another vehicle, court record state.

As a county deputy approached, the driver of the stolen car backed into a parked car and drove erratically as parents and children from the gymnastics school were nearby, court records state.

The driver then fled on foot, and the deputy chased the man. The chase ended when the suspect looked behind him and ran into a fence, court records state.

The deputy said a switchblade fell from the man's clothes when he ran into the fence.

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