Police said a 32-year-old Butte man hit a house during a high-speed chase on Dewey Boulevard at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

An officer spotted a white Pontiac driven by Eric Puentes speeding south on Harrison Avenue, according to the report. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, which turned onto Dewey Boulevard and disregarded stop signs, reaching speeds of 70 to 80 mph, Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester said.

The officer terminated the pursuit because it was too dangerous but then reported spotting Puentes on foot running north on Hobson Street.

The officer pursued Puentes and arrested him on the 900 block of Evans Street, Lester said. Puentes had crashed the car on the 1000 block of Schley Street, Lester said, hitting a large rock in a yard and coming to rest in a flower bed while also striking the siding on the house. The resident reported no internal damage, according to Lester.

The officer reported a strong odor of marijuana, and a search warrant and the canine unit were called to the scene. Police allegedly found a marijuana pipe with marijuana residue inside the vehicle.

Puentes was booked on criminal mischief, a felony, plus fleeing from police, reckless driving, failure to show proof of insurance, driving with a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and DUI refusal, all misdemeanors.

His bond was set at $3,460, and he was taken to the Butte jail.


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