BOZEMAN – Shawn Robert Arrants, 40, and Daniel Gavinsky, 30, both appeared in Gallatin County courtrooms Wednesday, and their alleged crimes share a connection.
Arrants made his initial appearance in District Court on charges of theft, eluding a law enforcement officer, and burglary, while Gavinski appeared in Justice Court for one charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
The charges stem from a string of incidents that began on the night of April 26, on I-90 in Butte.
Charging documents say that Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement was alerted by MHP to a vehicle traveling on I-90, that had been involved in possession of stolen firearms, ammunition, and reloading supplies. The driver of that vehicle was Arrants, who already had a pending charge for possession of dangerous drugs in Butte-Silver Bow County.
When Law Enforcement attempted to make the traffic stop at the Continental Drive exit in Butte, Arrants took off, leading authorities on an hour-long high-speed chase. The chase was eventually called off, and Arrants abandoned the vehicle on Jackson Street in Butte.
Inside of the vehicle, authorities found firearms and ammunition, along with other stolen gear, enough for authorities to issue warrants for criminal endangerment, theft and reckless elusion Arrants’ name.
The search for Arrants resumed almost two weeks later on May 7, and this is where Gavinsky plays a role, and where Arrants picked up the charges he now faces in Gallatin County.
Law enforcement officers received a tip that Arrants was driving a vehicle near Whitehall, that same vehicle was registered to Gavinsky.
Charging documents say that after several maneuvers to avoid pursuing law enforcement through Three Forks, Arrants abandoned the vehicle, attempted to steal two cars, and led authorities on a foot pursuit before he was finally detained near Oak Street in Three Forks.
When the vehicle was searched, authorities found ammunition reloading supplies, and two backpacks containing methamphetamine, one belonging to Arrants, the other to Gavinsky.
As they await their fates in the Gallatin County Detention Center, Arrants is held on $500,000 bail and Gavinsky on $10,000 bail.
Arrants has a previous charge of felony assault with a weapon, and strangulation of a partner or family member. Gavinsky has previously been charged for criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Reporting by Kaitlin Corbett for MTN News