Police

Law enforcement continue to search for the man they believe nearly ran over a Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office deputy on Friday night during a high-speed pursuit that went from downtown Billings into the Heights.

At about 10:45 p.m. the driver of a white 1998 Honda Accord was observed recklessly weaving through traffic and blowing through stop lights.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Trever Chase said he tried to pull the vehicle over near North 20th Street and Second Avenue North but the driver did not stop. 

The vehicle eventually turned onto Fourth Avenue North, went up Main Street and Bench Boulevard and then turned onto Wicks Lane and then north onto Hawthorne Lane. The suspect vehicle's speed varied between 40 mph and close to 70 mph as the driver tried to evade law enforcement. 

On Hawthorne Lane at its intersection with Barrett Road, a sheriff's deputy tried to deploy spike strips but the vehicle turned towards him and he was forced to dive out of the way to avoid being hit, Chase said. 

The driver of the Accord then attempted to drive through the backyard of a residence to the west of the intersection of Barrett and Hawthorne, Chase said. 

When the car got stuck in the snow, both occupants got out and ran. The sheriff's office, MHP and Billings Police Department searched for the suspects. 

The passenger was found hiding behind an RV between 200 and 300 feet away from the car and he was arrested, Chase said. Early Saturday night the driver remained at large. The vehicle involved in the pursuit was not stolen, Chase said. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.