Prairie Co. deputy in high-speed chase on I-94

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

A Prairie County deputy recently apprehended a man suspected of leading authorities on high-speed chase between Miles City and Terry, at one point driving 90 mph the wrong direction on Interstate 94.

According to a Custer County Sheriff’s Department social media post, on Feb. 17., at 10 p.m., a vehicle was observed at milepost 148 traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. Once the vehicle got to the Baker Interchange, it turned up the eastbound off ramp and back onto I-94 eastbound in the proper lanes.

“The vehicle continued in the eastbound (lanes) reaching speeds of 100 mph,” the post stated. “An attempt to spike strip the vehicle was unsuccessful. The vehicle continued eastbound until the chase ran into a blizzard.”

The post went on to state that the vehicle eluded Custer County and Prairie County deputies and the Montana Highway Patrol, that responded to the wrong way driver call. However, a motorist who observed the suspect vehicle take the Powder River exit and proceed on a one-lane gravel road.

While a search was unsuccessful, the post stated that “a Prairie County Deputy watched the entrance of the road all night in case the vehicle came out.

“Once the sun came up, the Prairie County Sheriff’s Office came across a cold, 34-year-old male from Rhode Island walking along a fence line,” the post continued. “The suspect vehicle was later found wrecked.”

The suspect was jailed int he Custer County Detention Center on two counts of Felony Criminal Endangerment.