Wrong-way driver in police chase pleads guilty

2014-08-01T11:40:00Z 2014-08-01T22:35:06Z Wrong-way driver in police chase pleads guilty The Billings Gazette
August 01, 2014 11:40 am

A Billings man accused of driving into oncoming traffic on Interstate 90 during a high-speed chase with troopers last July pleaded guilty Friday to felony counts of endangerment and meth possession.

Appearing in Yellowstone County District Court, Michael Thomas Morning also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of obstructing a peace officer and driving without a valid license.

According to court records, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a vehicle driven by Morning on Main Street on July 7, 2013, for having a broken headlight.

Court records say Morning sped away from the trooper toward Lockwood, running several red lights along the way.

Morning entered I-90 heading east and drove into oncoming traffic in the westbound lane, according to prosecutors. One motorist drove off the highway to avoid a head-on collision, court records state.

Once Morning stopped, he ran from officers, he said Friday. He also admitted that he had a syringe containing meth.

Morning is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 7.

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