Butte men charged following high-speed chase near Laurel

2014-01-03T00:30:00Z Butte men charged following high-speed chase near Laurel Montana Standard
January 03, 2014 12:30 am

BILLINGS — Two Butte men arrested Wednesday night after fleeing from a Laurel police officer and crashing a van into a ravine are facing a litany of charges.

Laurel police said Bradley Valentino Jackson, 20, was driving a white Chevy Astro van at 38 mph in a 25 mph zone on East Main Street in Laurel. Also in the van were Dennis Elvin Sullivan, 20, of Butte, a 12-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl.

A police officer pulled Jackson over, but when the officer got out of his car Jackson sped. He then drove through a red light, according to a release from the Laurel Police Department.

The van hit speeds of 65 mph on West Main Street before getting into Interstate 90 going west, according to the release.

At that point, Stillwater County Sheriff’s deputies and Montana Highway Patrol joined the chase.

Jackson drive through the median at mile marker 421, making a U-turn and heading east. He then went back into the median and drove the wrong way in the westbound lane before leaving the road and going 200 yards north through a field and crashing into a ravine.

The four occupants then jumped from the vehicle and ran from the Laurel police officer, Stillwater County sheriff’s deputies and troopers.

They were caught after running about a mile through the snow in rugged terrain. They were then taken to the Laurel police department, where the 12-year-old was treated for minor injuries.

Jackson was charged with speeding, fleeing and eluding police officers, driving with a suspended license, driving with expired registration, obstructing a peace office, criminal mischief and two counts of felony criminal endangerment.

Sullivan was charged with obstructing a peace officer. He is also a fugitive wanted in Butte for probation violation, with a bond amount of $30,000.

The juveniles were released to a family member and not charged.

Laurel is located about 18 miles west of Billings along Interstate 90.

— Billings Gazette staff

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