Posted: May 19, 2013 5:03 PM by MTN News - Billings
BILLINGS - A bogus rape report turned into a police chase with one man being arrested in Billings over the weekend.
Officers were dispatched to Pickett Lane in Billings early Saturday morning after receiving a report of a possible rape in progress.
When officers arrived, the man who made the call told them that his girlfriend had been kidnapped and raped. He then pointed to a parked car nearby with two men in the vehicle, claiming that they were suspects.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped away, striking another responding police car and pushing it off the road.
The suspects then led police on a chase from one side of Billings to the other.
The chase ended when the suspect's vehicle slid into a retaining wall at a low speed at 17th Street West and Iris Lane. Both men inside the vehicle got out and began to run away, but police quickly caught them.
Police later determined that no kidnapping or rape took place, but rather the complainant who made the call suffers from a mental illness.
According to the report, the suspects were in the area for unrelated reasons in a stolen vehicle.
The driver of the stolen vehicle, Zachary Benedict Lee, is charged with a felony count of assault with a weapon, two felony counts of criminal endangerment, possession of stolen property, eluding a police officer, reckless driving, two counts of revocation of suspended, and driving a motor vehicle with a suspended or differed license.