Posted: Apr 24, 2013 6:32 PM by KBZK Media Center with Adam Bell reporting
Updated: Apr 24, 2013 6:45 PM
BOZEMAN - A woman is in custody after leading police on a high speed chase in and around Bozeman on Wednesday.
The woman driving the white pickup truck hit speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic.
The chase was triggered when the woman tried to cash a stolen check at a bank.
Captain Steve Crawford of the Bozeman Police Department said, "Officers responded to the area and located the vehicle in the drive-up and the vehicle sped off and a pursuit ensued."
The woman drove west of town, south from Four Corners and into the Gallatin Canyon. Due to public safety concerns, police stopped their chase, but they kept officers in the canyon.
The woman then doubled back, heading back to town, and that's when police used stop sticks. The pickup truck then crashed into a fence and came to a stop.
Eyewitness Shelley Ping said, "It was very scary, I mean she almost hit our house. The stupid truck comes by, it breaks through everything and it swerves through everything. I saw cop cars before and i was like 'Get her, get her, get her, she's over there, she's over there,' because she ran from the truck and she's over here.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was taken into custody and now faces several felony charges.
Captain Crawford said, "Very dangerous situation, officers did an excellent job, her increasingly erratic driving and dangerous behaviors she was demonstrating, we had to stop her before she got back in town."
FIRST REPORT - A female driver was taken into custody after a high speed chase this afternoon that led authorities through Four Corners, into the Gallatin Canyon and back.
The incident began just before 1 p.m. when a white pickup truck was spotted heading westbound on Huffine Lane. The truck, pursued by multiple law enforcement vehicles, then turned and headed southbound on Highway 191 at Four Corners.
The truck entered the canyon, heading southbound, and then a short time later was seen traveling northbound back through the canyon. It continued north on 191 then turned eastbound onto Huffine Lane at Four Corners.
Eventually, the truck hit a spike strip and traveled through a gate at the King Arthur Park and came to a stop in a ditch.
A reporter witnessed the woman being taken into custody.
We will have more on the story as it develops.