Lucas Williamson, 37, of Billings, allegedly stole a car and almost hit police officers while trying to elude the owner of the stolen car, according to Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich.
Butte police arrested Williamson on five felony counts of criminal endangerment, a felony count of motor vehicle theft and two misdemeanors: Reckless driving while eluding and fleeing from police.
Williamson allegedly stole a vehicle, a 2006 Lexus, at about 8:40 p.m. at Galena and Main Streets while the car was left idling to warm up, Skuletich said. The victim reportedly saw Williamson take his car, got into another car and followed the suspect. The alleged stolen vehicle turned onto Iron Street, almost striking several police officers who were engaged in an earlier incident involving an alleged DUI. Police gave chase to Williamson.
Williamson then got onto interstates 15-90 at speeds in excess of 85 mph, according to Skuletich. Williamson took the Silver Bow exit, crossed the overpass, and headed east back onto the interstate, Skuletich said. Police put stop sticks onto the highway to deflate the stolen vehicle’s tires and decrease the car’s speed. Williamson allegedly almost hit officers while they tried to put the stop sticks on the roadway. Although his tires began going flat, he turned into Butte’s lower west side and crashed into a hedge on Montrose and Steele Streets, Skuletich said. He then allegedly ran on foot, but police apprehended him.
Just prior to the incident with Williamson, police were in the process of arresting Arik Hamner, 39, of Rocker, on Iron Street for a felony count of DUI-refusal and a felony count of criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor count of hit and run of an unattended vehicle.
Police got a call at about 8 p.m. Monday about a potentially highly intoxicated person pumping gas at the Town Pump, 501 South Montana Street. The driver had left the scene by the time police arrived, Skuletich said. But officers located the vehicle off the roadway along Iron Street and allegedly found Hamner intoxicated and with significant front end damage to his vehicle.
Officers found that Hamner allegedly struck a parked vehicle, a 1997 Suzuki truck, on Platinum Street before he crashed on the side of the road along Iron Street. Hamner allegedly hit the truck so hard, it moved about 75 feet, suffered extensive damage and had to be towed.
Because Hamner refused to take a Breathalyzer test, officers got a search warrant and took a blood test due to Hamner having four or more DUIs in the past.
A photo of Williamson was not available because he allegedly refused to be booked and is currently locked up in a padded cell.