By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Billings man Travis Jacob Harris was arrested and charged for Criminal Endangerment. According to a Court hearing, on November 16, 2017 Yellowstone County Deputy Aaron Harris was checking a 2003 red Cadillac Escalade while the vehicle was parked at a Town Pump. The plate came back as registered to Travis Jacob Harris.
Travis Harris got out of his vehicle and entered the store. According to the CJIN records, Travis Harris had an active warrant for his arrest. Deputy Aaron Harris called in back up before he approached Travis Harris.
Deputy Aaron Harris pulled his patrol car up next to the Cadillac Escalade. Once Travis Harris exited out of the store, he ignored the Deputy and his lights that were flashing, got into his Cadillac Escalade as if intentionally disregarding Deputy Harris’s presence.
Deputy Aaron Harris then got out of his patrol car and drew his service weapon and ordered Travis Harris out of his vehicle. Travis Harris then put his vehicle in reverse and backed up.
At about the same time Deputy Gary Burke arrived and pulled his patrol vehicle behind Travis Harris’s vehicle. This caused Travis to stop backing up. Deputy Burke got out of his vehicle and approached Travis Harris’s vehicle.
Travis Harris then put his Cadillac Escalade into drive and drove off.
In the process of driving away he lurched his vehicle towards Deputy Aaron Harris as if trying to hit and run the deputy over with his vehicle. Deputy Aaron Harris took evasive actions to avoid being hit by the driver Aaron Harris.
Travis Harris then fled the scene at a high rate of speed and headed west on 87E continuing west in the eastbound lane.
The speeds reached 86 miles per hour at times asTravis Harris weaved in and out of traffic and almost hit several cars head-on. Due to safety reasons, both the deputies ended their pursuit. Travis Harris was eventually arrested at a later time without incident.