A man accused of stealing a Jaguar car, running from police and causing a four-vehicle crash Thursday night in Billings had a breath alcohol concentration of .162 when he was tested later that night, according to charging documents filed in Yellowstone County.
Skyler Wade Littlelight, 27, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on seven different charges Friday.
The Billings Police Department arrested Littlelight after he drove away from police trying to make a traffic stop and crashed at Monad Road. After the crash and before he was restrained and handcuffed, Littlelight tried to pull open the driver's side door of a nearby vehicle stopped in traffic, BPD Lt. Brian Krivitz said.
A 4-month-old infant was among those checked for injuries after the crash, court documents state.
The full list of charges brought against Littlelight includes felony criminal endangerment, felony theft, felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor aggravated driving under the influence, misdemeanor fleeing from a peace officer, misdemeanor failure to stop or remain at an accident scene involving another person, and misdemeanor driving while license suspended or revoked.
Littlelight allegedly stole the Jaguar "at or near the Rimrock Mall" Thursday after the owner left it running while he was unloading items, court documents say. Documents state the car's owner told BPD he was away from his vehicle "for 20 to 30 seconds when he heard it being driven away."
When the BPD Street Crimes Unit located the vehicle at the Phyllis Lane apartments and saw it being driven through a parking lot, they thought Littelight was "a fugitive they were looking for in the area," according to court documents. Krivitz said Thursday night that police incorrectly thought the driver of the Jaguar was a violent and armed felon they were looking for.
Documents describe Littlelight taking the Jaguar thorough the Casa Village trailer park before speeding onto 24th Street West "dangerously" passing other vehicles and blowing through red lights. Police observed him driving into oncoming traffic on 20th Street West, court document say.
Littlelight crashed near South 24th Street West and Monad Road, after which he "reportedly exited his vehicle and began to run form the scene," and was eventually arrested "as he was climbing into another vehicle."
A white pickup, Nissan SUV, and white Jeep Cherokee were all involved in the crash. Krivitz said Thursday night that those involved were checked for minor injuries. Littlelight was treated for a laceration to his forehead. Court documents state that police smelled alcohol on his breath and decided to process him for a DUI, during which he demonstrated signs of impairment before providing a breath sample showing a blood-alcohol concentration of .162.
Littlelight is scheduled for arraignment in Yellowstone County District Court on Jan. 9, 2019.