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Hit-and-run

A vehicle waits to be towed after the driver was arrested for hitting at least two vehicles and crashing into a guardrail near mile marker two on Interstate 94 on Thursday afternoon.

A man was arrested Thursday afternoon after apparently driving an SUV while intoxicated and hitting two pickups on the Dick Johnston Bridge, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the man crashed the SUV he was driving into a guardrail on the right side of I-94 East near mile marker 3 between Billings and Huntley.

The force of the collision bent the guardrail back and broke off the bumper of the SUV. 

The man is not the registered owner of the car, said MHP Trooper David Hankins, and MHP continued to investigate Thursday night to determine how the man ended up in the vehicle's driver's seat. 

After the crash, police said the driver laid down on the road. He then wrestled and shoved a volunteer firefighter who stopped to help him, Hankins said. Law enforcement then arrived and restrained him. 

The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office was the first to arrive on scene. Montana Highway Patrol and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks also responded.

The man appeared to be intoxicated, according to the trooper at the scene and Hankins. Medical responders checked the man for injuries before he was taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. 

Both vehicles hit on the Dick Johnston Bridge were pickups, and no one was injured, Hankins said. 

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