Posted: Mar 31, 2013 9:14 AM by Bernie Riggs - MTN News
MISSOULA - Additional details are emerging in Friday night's pursuit and arrest of an armed robbery suspect.
Michael Burke, 31, of Washington state was apprehended after a high speed chase that ran through Missoula before ending just south of Arlee off of U.S. Highway 93 North.
Missoula Police Sergeant Collin Rose says before the 911 call came in, a patrol officer driving by the Brooks Street Walgreens observed a suspicious man leaving the store.
Once the officer was notified of the armed robbery, he attempted to pull over the suspect's Lexus, which led to a high speed chase ensued. Burke eventually led officers out of Missoula and onto northbound U.S. Highway 93 before the Lake County Sheriff's Department used spike strips to
disable the vehicle south of Arlee.
The suspect then fled on foot into a wooded area, and multiple agencies from Missoula, Lake County and Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes began a massive search effort for the suspect.
Authorities say that the Missoula County Special Response Team eventually apprehended Burke at around 12:40 a.m.
"Shortly after the tactical team arriving on the scene, they did see the suspect male walking on a roadway and were able to apprehend him without incident," Rose explained.
Rose also confirmed that only pharmaceuticals were taken during the robbery, and that surveillance footage showed the suspect had a gun. Rose told is that because of the ongoing investigation, he couldn't comment on the type or amount of drugs taken or whether a weapon had been recovered.
Rose says Burke appeared to have acted alone and will likely be charged with armed robbery, criminal endangerment, reckless eluding, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.