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A Ronan man received minor injuries after being “grazed” by a shot fired from a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper during a high-speed pursuit on Tuesday, March 2.

Billy Washburn, 41, is facing charges of driving while under the influence and felony criminal endangerment. More charges could be added pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

The pursuit began south of Ronan on U. S. Highway 93, shortly after 10 p.m. Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Jay Nelson said Washburn used his vehicle to ram the trooper’s vehicle, and the trooper then used his service weapon and fired towards Washburn’s vehicle, grazing Washburn, who then surrendered.   

Washburn was detained and treated for his injury before being booked into the Lake County Detention Center. An arraignment hearing has not been set. Washburn remains incarcerated with bail set $50,000. 


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