Three Arrested After Sunday Morning High Speed Chase Ends With Crash In Downtown Missoula
NBC Montana reports that the Missoula Police Department received a call about a stolen vehicle within city limits just before 11 a.m. Sunday. Around 11:15 a.m., an officer spotted the stolen vehicle traveling eastbound on Interstate 90.
The officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to yield resulting in a pursuit of a black GMC pickup truck carrying three people.
The pursuit went into East Missoula and then into Bonner with speeds reaching up to 100 mph, according to the Missoula County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle turned near mile marker 11 on Johnsrud on Highway 200 and then made its way back to Missoula.
Officers temporarily blocked the Van Buren Street and Orange Street exits and deployed spike strips at several locations.
Three suspects -- two males and one female -- were arrested and booked into Missoula County Jail.
Jacob Thomas Siebert, 26, was booked into the Missoula County Jail on several charges, including a felony theft charge. That bond is set at $150,000.
Shelby Lynn Shields, 24, was also booked for felony theft. Her bond is $50,000.
Roger William Gillespie, 28, was also booked into the Missoula County Jail for felony theft and assault on a peace or judicial officer. His bond is $100,000.
All suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m.
The vehicle was stopped with ramming and shoving techniques used from police vehicles at the intersection of Pine Street and Orange Street in downtown Missoula. The vehicle ran into a tree in front of St. Francis Xavier Church and a tree branch was temporarily blocking part of Orange Street. Multiple police and sheriff vehicles were damaged in the pursuit.
There were no reports of injuries.
Authorities are searching for possible evidence disposed from the vehicle during the pursuit.