Posted: Apr 26, 2013 7:15 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: Apr 26, 2013 7:15 PM
BOZEMAN - Two more people are behind bars in connection with a crime spree that started in Bozeman this week and seemingly ended when a woman crashed what police say was a stolen truck through a fence, landing it in a creek.
Two Billings men have been arrested on drug charges and charges for stealing vehicles. They appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court this morning. They are currently being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center where a Billings woman is also being held in connection with the same incident.
David Spencer, 41, and Jason Ramirez, 31, were identified as associates with the Billings woman who was arrested after a high-speed chase through Bozeman on Wednesday. They were found on Thursday at the Lewis & Clark Motel in Bozeman. When police got there, they reportedly found a stolen Ford truck and stolen Honda motorcycle in the parking lot that were traced to Spencer and Ramirez.
When police went to the motel room where they were staying, they reportedly found Ramirez lying on the floor trying to hide under blankets. Police reportedly found a glass pipe and meth near where Ramirez was lying.
Spencer was also inside the room. Court papers state that police found a black sunglasses case with more than 14 grams of meth in it in a sweatshirt that Spencer had been wearing. Police also reportedly found baggies and other items commonly used for packaging the drug for sale.
Spencer told police that he drove the pickup, which police determined had been stolen from Billings, to Bozeman to find work. He said he only recently learned that it was stolen and said he had paid $100 for it.
Spencer is charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and one count each of criminal possession with intent to distribute and theft by possession of stolen property. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Ramirez is charged with one count each of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and theft by possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $35,000.
Earlier this week, Brandi Hodgin, 27, appeared in court on charges stemming from the same incident.
Hodgin is charged with two counts of criminal endangerment and one count each of forgery and theft. She's being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
The incident began at around 9 a.m. Wednesday when a man reported that a checkbook was stolen from his vehicle. Less than half an hour later, Hodgin cashed a stolen check for $875 at a 19th Avenue bank, court papers state. Later in the day, she reportedly tried to cash two more stolen checks, totaling $1,400 at another bank location. The clerk learned of the fraudulent activity and alerted police who responded to the bank.
When police arrived, Hodgin fled in a pickup truck, according to court papers. She then led police on a 35-mile chase, reaching speeds up to 80 miles per hour in areas where the speed limit was posted 25 to 45 mph, court papers state. She was then seen traveling northbound on Highway 191.
Stop sticks were laid out at the intersection of Gooch Hill and Huffine Lane. She continued driving eastbound on Huffine Lane, before crashing through a 10-foot metal fence. The pickup truck ended up in a creek just 20 feet from a home.
Hodgin then got out and tried to flee on foot but was caught by officers, court papers state.