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A man who rammed a Montana Highway Patrol trooper's cruiser during a pursuit was recommended to enter treatment on Friday.

Alan-Michael Richard Amundson, 26, was sentenced on multiple felonies related to the January pursuit in the Lockwood area. 

As part of a plea agreement, Amundson will be recommended to a substance abuse treatment program in the Montana Department of Corrections for 13 months, after which he will be on probation for three years. District Judge Ingrid Gustafson presided over the hearing.

Amundson apologized in court to the trooper whose car he rammed during the pursuit.

"I'm glad nobody got hurt," he said. "But that very, very easily could have happened."

He was sentenced on two felony counts of criminal endangerment, as well as felony counts of DUI, drug possession and tampering with evidence. Four misdemeanors were dismissed as part of the deal.

Amundson tried in late January to evade the trooper, who was pulling him over for a traffic offense, according to court documents. Amundson rammed the patrol car on the passenger side before crashing through the gates of Warren Transport.

As part of his sentence, he was ordered to pay nearly $1,100 to MHP.

Amundson has been in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility since January.


General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.