A man got out of his car with a revolver after leading police on a short, high-speed chase on the west-side of Butte Tuesday evening, but dropped the gun immediately when ordered.
The man, 37-year-old Mitchell Debus, crashed into another car during the chase and was taken to St. James Healthcare with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. He remained there under police guard Wednesday morning, said Undersheriff George Skuletich.
There were three people in the other car involved in the crash, which occurred in the intersection of Front and Montana streets, but none was seriously injured.
Debus is from Billings but now lives in Butte. He has past convictions for aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and partner/family member assault out of Yellowstone County and partner/family member assault in Cascade County, according to the Montana Department of Corrections.
An officer saw Debus and a passenger in a car parked near Silver and Montana streets around 7:45 p.m. and recognized him as a suspect in connection with a stolen gun. He also knew Debus was wanted in Billings as an absconder from probation.
As the officer approached in his car, Debus took off, traveling at high speeds through several stop signs and traffic signals before crashing into the other car at Front and Montana. He kept going, heading west on Centennial Avenue, before stopping after a few blocks.
He got out of the car with the revolver in his hand but dropped it immediately on orders from police, Skuletich said.
Debus had not been booked as of Wednesday morning because he was still at the hospital. But he likely will face at least three felony complaints of criminal endangerment, a felony weapons complaint and traffic violations, Skuletich said.
The passenger, 30-year-old Crystal Perkins of Grants Pass, Oregon, gave police a couple of phony names before they identified her, so she was arrested for misdemeanor obstruction of a peace officer. She was still in jail late Wednesday morning.