Reckless driver, vehicle occupant jailed after fleeing from, shooting at police officers
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, after 12 noon, Missoula PD attempted to initiate a stop on a vehicle, a black Ford Taurus, driving recklessly in a residential neighborhood in Missoula. The vehicle fled and ended up northbound into Lake County on U.S. Hwy. 93 at speeds of up to 85 or 90 mph. Missoula County requested assistance from Lake County Sheriff's Office and Flathead Tribal Police to stop-stick the vehicle. Missoula authorities terminated the pursuit somewhere in the Arlee area prior to stop stick attempts.
A short time later, a Tribal Officer observed the vehicle passing in a no passing zone near North Valley Creek Road and began pursuing the vehicle northbound on U.S. Hwy 93. North of St. Ignatius, the pursuit turned east onto graveled side roads.
Once the pursuit hit Eagle Pass Trail in the Ninepipes area, a passenger presented a pistol and it is believed that this passenger fired at the pursuing officers, which included Tribal Police and Sheriff's Office personnel, while travelling eastbound on Eagle Pass Trail. The vehicle stopped on Eagle Pass Trail and shots were fired at the suspects by law enforcement. The suspects then surrendered. The two sole occupant females in the vehicle were taken into custody and have been transported to Lake County Jail. They have not yet been positively identified.
Flathead County Sheriff's Detectives are en route to investigate the shooting incident. More details will be provided as they become available.