by Michael J. Marino
A hit-and-run crash in Billings led officers on a high-speed chase along Interstate 90, in which a “pit maneuver” brought the incident to a halt just outside Lockwood on Monday, Nov. 28.
Captain Kyle Hayter, with Montana Highway Patrol (MHP), said Monday around 4:30 pm troopers became involved in the pursuit of a 1997 Ford F-150 after it was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash, from which it fled the scene.
Hayter said a Sheriff’s deputy tried to use spike strips to disable the truck; however, this was unsuccessful as “the suspect vehicle crashed into the deputy’s car.” No injuries were reported from that particular part of the chase.
MHP troopers used a “pit maneuver” which stopped the truck near the split between I-90 and Interstate 94 at 4:45 pm. This demobilization technique Hayter described as one where officers “tap the rear of the vehicle and make it spin out.”