US 2 Pursuit Allegedly Involving Stolen Vehicle Ends with Arrest

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HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A high-speed pursuit allegedly involving a stolen vehicle on Saturday night on US 2 ended with the arrest of the alleged driver and with no reported damage or injuries.

In Hill County, 23-year-old Heidi Marie LaForge is facing a pending felony charge of criminal endangerment, as well as misdemeanors of fleeing or eluding a Peace Officer and reckless driving.

LaForge is also facing a felony theft charge from Blaine County, as well as an eluding charge from Chinook Police.

Blaine County Sheriff John Colby says law enforcement received a report of a stolen Chevy Equinox from the EZ Mart in Harlem at 9:53 PM. Chinook Police located the vehicle coming through town and initiated a traffic stop which turned into a pursuit.

Hill County Undersheriff Stan Martin says his department was notified at 10:03 PM that a stolen vehicle was traveling westbound on US 2 towards Hill County at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was unable to be intercepted on its way to Havre. Havre Police successfully deployed spike strips on the vehicle’s front tires near the Havre Space Center, but it continued driving westbound in a reckless manner before stopping in the middle of the road at mile marker 373.

The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and was taken into custody at around 10:38 PM.

Martin says the vehicle was traveling at speeds of around 90 miles per hour into town, and then around 50 miles an hour within city limits.

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