Police arrested two people Saturday morning after a car chase near Browns Gulch Road that led to a car fire and an officer getting dragged by a vehicle, according to police.
A male and a female went to a residence in the Browns Gulch Road area asking for gas around 9:30 a.m., Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich said. The resident gave the pair a gas can, which they allegedly stole. Police spotted the couple in the area of Provost Road and Browns Gulch Road and tried to stop the vehicle, Skuletich said.
The suspect vehicle turned onto Provost Road and allegedly tried to elude officers. The pair turned onto private property and got stuck, Skuletch said.
The officers approached the stopped vehicle and removed a male driver, but the female passenger allegedly lit some clothing on fire with the gas, which set the car on fire, and then fled toward a residence.
The female allegedly got into a vehicle belonging to someone at the residence. An officer tried to stop the vehicle, and the female dragged the officer a short distance, Skuletich said, slightly injuring the officer. The officer got free and fired a duty weapon at the vehicle, Skuletich reported.
Other officers stopped the alleged stolen vehicle a short distance later. No one else was injured.
Both the male and female suspects are in custody, and the Department of Criminal Investigations has been called in to investigate.