by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana news
Billings man Dustin Linley Kennedy was arrested yesterday after a police chase with charges from Criminal Endangerment (2) counts (both are felonies).
April 4, 2017 Billings Police Officer Foster was in the area near the Super 8Motel which is located at Southgate Drive for stolen vehicles.
During his observation search, Office Foster saw a white Toyota Tacoma that was parked in the Motel 8 parking lot, East side of the building.
Billings Police Officer Foster saw a man sitting in the vehicle. Officer Foster was aware of a stolen vehicle report just days earlier that match this Toyota Tacoma and the license plate also matched the one that was reported stolen.
Dustin Linley Kennedy DOB: June 1983
At this point Foster got out of his squad car and approached the vehicle. The man that was in the vehicle was Dustin Linley Kennedy. Dustin Kennedy got out of the stolen pickup truck that he had stolen and refused to follow Officer Foster’s verbal commands. And would not show his hands.
This was when the chase began. Dustin Linley Kennedy jumped back into the pickup truck and yelled at Officer Foster that “I have a Bomb.”
Dustin Kennedy in his attempt to get away and flee backed up the stolen truck nearly striking Officer Foster’s patrol car.
Dustin Linley Kennedy then fled in the stolen pickup truck and drove in a northwardly direction on Parkway and the turned onto Laurel Road headed West bound.
Several Officers followed Dustin Kennedy as he continued to flee and drive westbound onto Interstate 90.
Billings Police Officer Foster called in the fleeing vehicle and other Law Enforcement Officer joined the pursuit. The Officers claim that through out the pursuit Dustin Linley Kennedy was driving at high speeds. However this is NOT True.
According to the 911 Dispatch tape you will find that during the pursuit the Officers were continually calling in the speeds that Dustin Linley Kennedy was driving and whether the traffic was moderate, light or heavy. Many times the Police Officers called in speeds of under 30 mph.
Check the Dispatch records public and listen to them yourselves. Dustin Linley Kennedy was not “driving at a high rate of speed throughout the pursuit.” That is a bold face LIE. 911 Comm. center dispatch records show that Dustin Kennedy’s speed greatly varied in speeds.
The credit goes to the Montana Highway Patrol, who used a spike strip to puncture the tires of the stolen vehicle. At one point in the pursuit, Dustin Linley Kennedy drove through a field after driving around the roundabouts on Grand Ave. Once Kennedy left the field, he returned headed Eastbound on Grand Ave with multiple Law Enforcement agencies in pursuit.
Once Dustin arrived in the downtown area he drove in the wrong direction on 6th Ave North.
Eventually, Dustin stopped at the top end of North 15th street which was at a near dead end, climbed out of the pickup truck and ran North bound towards the Rims. Dustin Linley Kennedy was believed to be heading to the tunnel that goes under the rims but water was in the tunnel that prevented Dustin Kennedy from using that as an escape route.
Dustin then hid behind what was probably a 50 Ton Boulder that was at the bottom of the Rims where he took refuge. Many time he stated that he was holding a bomb and he threatened to explode the bomb. Several time he made verbal threats to shoot Officers. Dustin Linley Kennedy had neither bomb nor gun in his possession at any time during the chase.
Dustin Kennedy had a history of drug use and has had three prior attempts to commit suicide one of those attempts was while he was in the Yellowstone County Detention Center on another unrelated charge.
The County Attorney has requested that the Justice Court place a probable cause and Order to Hold on Dustin Linley Kennedy to prevent him from bonding out.
The Billings Police released this press release just today regarding the pursuit, it reads as follows:
Date & Time: 4.4.17 10:00 AM
Type of Incident: Criminal Endangerment
Location: 5400 Southgate Dr – Motel 8
Suspect: Dustin L. Kennedy 33 yr old, Laurel resident
On April 4, 2017 @ approx. 10:00 AM a Billings Police Officer located a stolen vehicle in the area of Motel 8 @ 5400 Southgate. The officer attempted to stop the suspect who yelled that he had a bomb.
The suspect then fled the scene in the stolen vehicle, a white Toyota Tacoma. The suspect led law enforcement from multiple agencies, BPD, YCSO, & MHP on a county wide pursuit which ended when the suspect stopped at N 15th St & Park Lane below the big ditch. The suspect then fled on foot to the base of the rims.
The suspect remained at the base of the rims for approx. 4 hrs during which time members from the Billings Police Department’s SWAT & Negotiation teams kept the suspect contained and negotiated his surrender.
At approx. 4:30 PM the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Once the suspect was cleared by medical staff he was incarcerated into YCDF & charged with 2-counts of Criminal Endangerment. At this time no evidence has been found regarding the threat of having a bomb.
The investigation into the stolen vehicle is continuing.
The Billings Police Department would also like to thank the other law enforcement agencies and Billings Fire Department for their assistance during the incident.
According to Lt Neil Lawrence of the Billings Police Department.