A Butte man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase, crashing his SUV into a building, and climbing onto the roof of Domino’s Pizza pleaded not guilty Thursday to six felony counts of criminal endangerment.
Fred Cutsinger, 31, entered the pleas before District Judge Kurt Kruger and was returned to jail with bond still set at $100,000. Each count carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and fine of up to $50,000. Krueger set the next hearing for Jan. 17.
Police were notified by U.S. Marshals on Nov. 17 that Cutsinger was wanted on a federal warrant and was headed to a house on the 300 block of Ohio Street. Authorities watched Cutsinger and his girlfriend go inside, prosecutors say.
When police knocked on the door, the two ran outside, jumped into an SUV, and took off. After a chase ensued at speeds topping 70 mph, police say Cutsinger was on Harrison Avenue and crashed the SUV into Berger Appraisal Service Inc. across from Taco John’s.
The two fled on foot, but police quickly located Cutsinger on the roof of Domino’s Pizza and eventually talked him down. He had apparently climbed a small shed in the back of the building and hopped on the roof.
The girlfriend got away and had not been apprehended as of Thursday, police say.
Prosecutors say Cutsinger nearly hit several people during the high-speed chase, so they charged him with criminal endangerment for each one.