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HELENA — A 22-year-old Butte woman accused of nearly crashing a vehicle into the Capitol after leading police on a chase has been convicted.

A jury deliberated for about two hours Monday before finding Sarah E. Bunker guilty of unauthorized use of a vehicle and trying to elude police, both misdemeanors. Bunker, who was accused of stealing the vehicle, was acquitted of felony theft

Prosecutors say she stole an SUV on Dec. 20, 2010, and tried to avoid police when they spotted her near the Capitol. Court records say she drove up a dead-end parking drive and became lodged in a snow bank inches from the Capitol steps.

She fled on foot and was arrested a few blocks away. No one was injured in the crash.

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Sentenced is scheduled for Feb. 15.

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