Posted: May 23, 2013 9:45 PM by MTN News
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin and the Madison County Sheriff's office have confirmed that a suspect is in custody tonight after a manhunt in Pony.
Madison County Sheriff's Deputy and public information officer Steve DiGiovanna said they are not releasing the name of the man in custody until verification.
Deputy DiGiovanna said officials were making night operation plans and working with different agencies to stay in the Pony area when the suspect walked out of the edge of the forest with his hands up and into the command post.
Officers then took the man into custody and he was then transported to Bozeman Deaconess hospital.
He has non-life threatening lacerations to one leg.
DiGiovanna said incidents like this don't normally end this way.
The arrest capped off a wild day in Gallatin and Madison counties, with one chase reaching 100 miles an hour for 15 miles.
The deputy told MTN he and others are just very thankful there was not one injury to law enforcement.
The incident started early this morning, when at around 8 a.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen vehicle from a business near Hulbert Road and Jackrabbit Lane. The vehicle was found on Rocky Mountain Road in the northern part of the county, according to the sheriff's office.
A pursuit ensued and the vehicle drove across an area where patrol cars could not follow, the release states.
A second vehicle was then reported stolen at a residence near this location and the pursuit continued. This time the vehicle drove off the East Frontage Road near Belgrade, over the railroad tracks and onto Interstate 90, the release states. Again, deputies pursuing the vehicle were unable to follow given the barriers between them and the vehicle.
Then at around 9:30 a.m., the sheriff's office responded to Business Hub Road where the second stolen vehicle was located in the area and it was determined that a third vehicle had been stolen.
Officials say he went off-roading and was driving dangerously, at one point crossing over all lanes of the interstate. At one point, law enforcement from multiple agencies set up a perimeter in the River Rock Subdivision near Belgrade, but the man escaped from the area.
Later, the man was spotted in the Pony area and is being pursued on foot with the help of a K-9 unit, according to Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin.