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High-speed chase ends with shots fired, arrest

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office

LAKE COUNTY — A Polson man was in custody Monday after leading law enforcement on a weekend high-speed chase across two counties that ended with shots being fired.

The chase began at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 near Pablo, according to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s office. 

For 45 minutes Lake and Sanders County Sheriff’s Deputies, Flathead Tribal Police, Ronan Police, and Montana Highway Patrol pursued a vehicle driven by Robert R. Stokes, 31, of Polson.

At times Stokes’ speeds exceeded 85 miles per hour.

Just before the end of the chase on Oliver Gulch Road near Hot Springs, a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy fired on the vehicle while attempting to deploy stop sticks. No injuries resulted from that gunfire.

The sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave, while the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office investigates the shooting as part of standard procedure.

Stokes was charged with criminal endangerment, assault with a weapon, and several traffic offenses. He had several outstanding arrest warrants prior to his capture.

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