Syndicated by: Montana News
At about 10:27am this morning, the school resource officer for Capital High School was notified by school staff of a reckless driver outside the school driving on the sidewalk near the main school doors on Valley Drive.
The school resource officer located the vehicle and attempted to stop the driver, however the driver fled driving northbound on Valley and onto Green Meadow Drive.
The officer continued pursuing the vehicle north on Green Meadow to Lincoln Road and was joined by Lewis and Clark County deputies and troopers from the Montana Highway Patrol. The pursuit reached speeds of about 85 mph. The vehicle continued east on Lincoln Road and southbound on North Montana Avenue.
A Helena PD officer was able to deploy tire spike strips near Forestvale and North Montana Avenue. After the vehicle struck the spike strips, the driver drove through the Helena Trap Club property and back onto North Montana headed northbound.
An MHP trooper used his vehicle to strike the fleeing truck, pushing it off the roadway just north of the trap club. The driver was then removed from the vehicle and arrested.
Officers arrested the driver, a 44 yr old Helena female, and charged her with 2 counts of Criminal Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Fleeing/Eluding a Peace Officer, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, 1st offense Driving Under the Influence and Obstructing a Peace Officer. She was booked at the detention center.