Posted: Aug 29, 2013 5:47 PM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 29, 2013 6:08 PM
A high-speed chase through Bozeman, reaching estimated speeds of 100 mph, landed the driver in jail and his passenger in the hospital.
Zachariah Edward Mickens was charged with criminal endangerment after being apprehended after crashing his car near the Linear running trail south of Curtiss Street early Thursday morning.
Court documents show that law enforcement saw a white car driving erratically on Huffine Lane at approximately 2 a.m. A traffic stop was attempted at Huffine and Fowler, but Mickens failed to stop, instead continuing eastward in an apparent attempt to elude police.
Law enforcement say Mickens crossed lane dividers and was using both lanes of traffic - the vehicle drove through a red light at 19th and Huffine at speeds estimated at 100 mph. The chase continued downtown, with the driver almost losing control of the vehicle at the intersection of Church Street and Main. Witnesses and other officers saw the vehicle spin 360 degrees at least once, before turning south on Wallace.
That street dead ends just south of Curtiss, but the car failed to stop, driving through a wooden fence and across a grassy area, where it crashed.
Mickens fled the vehicle on foot, but was apprehended as he hid in weeds. An 18-year-old female passenger was also located lying outside the passenger door, complaining of pain in her head and back. She was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
During a DUI investigation, Mickens provided a preliminary breath sample of .110.