Car crash at North 27th and 11th Avenue North

A passenger car sits damaged on North 27th Street Tuesday night after police say it was struck by the driver of a pickup truck who ran a red light and may have been under the influence of alcohol. 

A suspected drunk driver ran a red light Tuesday night and T-boned a car at a downtown intersection before continuing the wrong way up North 27th Street, according to police. 

At about 11:14 p.m. the Billings Police Department was dispatched to North 27th Street and 11th Avenue North for a car crash, said Sgt. Bret Becker. 

A 24-year-old Arizona man in a pickup had been northbound on North 27th before the crash and ran a red light, striking a 20-year-old woman driving westbound through the intersection along 11th Avenue North, Becker said. 

A nearby Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputy caught the crash on his dash cam, according to Becker. 

The deputy attempted to pull over the truck but the driver continued north along North 27th while driving in the southbound lane. 

Eventually the pickup driver pulled over at Poly Drive and Virginia Lane. Becker said the truck driver may not have pulled over because he was both intoxicated and shaken up from the crash. As he drove the wrong way and turned onto Poly Drive he continued driving the speed limit, Becker said. 

The 20-year-old woman was examined at an area hospital after the crash as a precaution, Becker said. 

The pickup driver could face charges including driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a car crash, Becker said. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.