HELENA – The suspect in a high-speed chase Wednesday appeared in the Lewis and Clark Justice Court Thursday afternoon.
Christopher David Gransberg is charged with felony criminal endangerment along with misdemeanor eluding a peace officer, failure to provide proof of insurance his fifth offense, and driving while license is suspended or revoked.
Gransberg is accused of driving away from an MHP trooper trying to pull him over for prior offenses.
He led officers on a high-speed chase that began between Helena and East Helena on Highway 12 and continued south on Highway 518 past the Ash Grove Cement Plant and Montana City elementary school. MHP troopers said the 26-year-old drove his car at speeds of up to 100 mph and passed cars on the right.
The chase ended when Gransberg crashed his car into a light pole at the Montana City roundabout.
In court Thursday, MHP Trooper Sergeant Jay Nelson said Gransberg’s choices Wednesday created a high potential for injury or a fatality.
“When you see those red and blue lights,” saidSgt. Nelson. “You need to pull over.”
His bond has been set at $30,000.