Police-chase instigator pleads guilty, fined $1,000

2012-02-04T00:00:00Z Police-chase instigator pleads guilty, fined $1,000By John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

The Butte man who instigated a police chase just to see what it would be like found out: It cost him $1,000.

John C. Hughes, 55, pleaded guilty Thursday in Butte city court to misdemeanor reckless driving while eluding a peace officer. City Judge Dan Sweeney fined Hughes $1,000.

Sweeney said the county attorney's office recommended only a fine and no jail time because Hughes has no criminal record.

The strange case received national news media attention after Butte law enforcement reported a man purposely got police to chase - because it was something he always wanted to try. The chase started about 3:25 a.m. Thursday in town, and continued onto the interstate at speeds of more than 100 mph. Police used stop sticks to deflate the tires of the man's 2007 Nissan Xterra just west of Rocker before he finally stopped. He was arrested without further incident.

Police said the driver was sober, had no drugs or contraband on him and wasn't wanted by police.

When asked why he started the chase, Hughes said, "I just always wanted to do that," according to the police report.


John Grant Emeigh may be reached via email at john.emeigh@lee.net

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    brewstrwa - February 04, 2012 7:33 pm
    Only $1000? Sounds like fun! Would have been cool if he had a co-driver to videotape it. Watch for copycats.

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