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Car race leads to arrest

Police said they arrested Levi Gunderson, 24, of Butte Monday night for felony criminal endangerment after the 24-year-old allegedly crashed into a van while racing another car.

Police said they responded around 6 p.m. to the 2900 block of Harrison to a call about a hit-and-run traffic accident.

According to police, Gunderson had been racing a black Honda sedan on Harrison when he crashed into the back of a van, disabling his vehicle. The Honda continued down the street without stopping, police said, and Gunderson left the scene on foot.

Officers later located him in the area, police said, and placed him under arrest. They were not able to locate the driver of the Honda or his or her car.

As of Tuesday morning Gunderson remained in jail, and faces a charge of felony criminal endangerment, along with a handful of driving-related misdemeanors.

Man faces drug charges

A report of a stolen vehicle lead to a drug arrest Monday afternoon, police said.

Police said officers were patrolling around 2:30 p.m. on the 1900 block of Harrison Avenue when they spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

Officers pulled over the vehicle and its driver, Brad Newbreast, 40, of Butte, who said he had the owner’s permission to use the car.

Officers called the owner, who said that he knew Newbreast and did not wish to press charges. Nonetheless, police said they discovered that Newbreast had a suspended or revoked license, so they placed him under arrest. During the arrest, officers said they found a small amount of marijuana, a pipe and a syringe.

Newbreast was taken to jail, where he faces misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, possessing drugs and possessing drug paraphernalia.

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