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Suspect named in Friday car chase


January 14, 2019

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

After arresting Richard Meyers at the end of a high-speed chase, Montana Highway Patrol troopers Deedra Finley, left, and Christopher Baker bag up evidence collected from the suspect's car Friday on Beaver Creek Park. Baker said no weapons or drugs were found.

A car chase that began some 17 miles south of Havre ended on a gravel road by Beaver Creek Reservoir Friday evening after touring much of the Havre area and causing at least one accident.

Richard Joel Meyers of Box Elder was arrested on suspicion of aggravated driving under the influence, fleeing police, driving with a revoked license and three counts of criminal endangerment, amongst other charges, according to an incident report from the Hill County Sheriff's Office.

At around 3:30 p.m. Friday, Montana Highway Patrol trooper Christopher Baker stopped a blue Ford pickup truck, driven by Meyers, on suspicion of driving with expired registration near Northern Winz Casino on U.S. Highway 87.

After Baker discovered Meyers had two warrants for his arrest, Meyers took off, beginning the pursuit.

The chase went from the area near Northern Winz through Beaver Creek Park to Sucker Creek Road, according to the incident report. Meyers then entered Blaine County on Clear Creek Road before heading back toward Havre and entering city limits. While in Havre, Meyers hit a vehicle near Patterson Park near the Havre Skate Park but kept driving.

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Lights shine through the cab of a truck as Montana Highway Patrol troopers await a tow truck Friday, January 11, 2019 at Beaver Creek Park. A suspect used the truck to lead police on a long chase all around Havre.

After leaving Havre again, Meyers went south on Montana Secondary Highway 234 - Beaver Creek Highway - toward Beaver Creek Park. Police deployed a spike strip on the road near the Border Patrol office and successfully took out the rear-left tire on the pickup. Meyers continued south without a tire and turned onto a gravel road by Beaver Creek Reservoir when another tire blew, which ultimately brought the chase to an end around 5 p.m.

Once the vehicle was stopped, Meyers and a female passenger were both arrested by Montana Highway Patrol without further incident.

Units from the Havre Police and Hill County Sheriff's Office assisted in the pursuit, and Blaine County deputies responded but never caught up to the chase.

Meyers was being held without bond at the Hill County Detention Center this morning on the criminal endangerment charges, and on $1,770 bond on charges of failure to appear, failure to comply and failure to pay and $4,455 on charges of aggravated DUI, driving with an open container, fleeing, failure to yield, driving with a revoked driver's license, driving with no insurance, driving with no registration and a seat belt violation.


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