Police say one of their officers was patrolling in the area of Grand and Florence about 10 p.m. Wednesday when he spotted an orange pickup truck that was reported stolen Monday. The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle and its driver, later identified as Tyrone Rischer, 33, of Butte, who police say fled at a high rate of speed.
The officer lost track of the speeding car, but other officers saw the vehicle in the area of Montana and Centennial and started a pursuit. Rischer dodged the pursuing officers by driving into a field, police said, but officers later caught up with him after he was spotted by employees at a casino on Montana Street. Officers responded to the casino, where they saw the stolen vehicle parked in the lot of the nearby Eddy’s Motel. Police said officers searched the area and found Rischer hiding in a ditch near the Montana Street Safeway. He was arrested and taken to the Butte jail, He is facing charges of obstructing a peace officer, reckless driving, eluding police and vehicle theft, among other charges.
A resident on the 1000 block of Gaylord Street phoned police around 8 a.m. Wednesday to report that a woman was acting out of control on the street.
When officers arrived, police said, they observed that the woman, Linda Berger, 49, of Butte was standing on the sidewalk yelling and screaming. The woman failed to obey the commands of officers, who arrested her at the scene. As of Thursday morning Berger remained in the Butte jail where she faces misdemeanor disorderly conduct and protective custody charges.
Police responded to the 119300 block of German Gulch Road in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived, police said, they spoke with the occupants of the vehicle, who said they were out of gas and were waiting for a friend to assist them. One of the occupants, Jessica Holland, 24, of Butte was the focus of a $1,040 city court arrest warrant. She was apprehended and taken to the Butte jail.