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Helena man accused of leading police on high-speed chase in stolen car

Posted at 5:45 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 22:48:17-04

HELENA – A 26 year-old Helena man is accused of leading police on a high speed chase Saturday.

It spanned more than 20 miles.

Tanner Taylor Bakke appeared in Lewis and Clark Justice Court Monday on felony charges.

They include criminal endangerment, assault on a peace officer, theft and possession and distribution of dangerous drugs.

Court documents show a Lewis and Clark county deputy tried to stop a truck that had been reported stolen near the intersection of West Custer and North Washington.

But the driver didn’t stop.

Court documents say the driver threw a toolbox out of the cab, damaging a patrol car.

At times, speeds reached over 90 miles an hour.

Authorities used a spike strip near York and Jimtown road.

But the driver continued to near the top of Nelson Road, where he ran, and was eventually captured by deputies.

Investigators say they found suspected marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms inside the truck.

Bond was set at $50,000.