Posted: Apr 8, 2013 12:50 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: Apr 8, 2013 1:13 PM
BOZEMAN - A Washington man who was apprehended at gunpoint after leading police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 90 on Sunday appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court this morning.
John-Carlo De Guzman, 30, is being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond. He is charged with reckless driving, speeding, eluding a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
De Guzman was reportedly traveling from Washington to South Dakota to see his sister, attorneys said in court Monday. At around 2:25 p.m. Sunday, police received a call about a reckless driver who was passing cars and driving in a closed eastbound lane of I-90 near the Logan construction zone. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Glen Barcus said he pulled behind De Guzman and flipped on his lights just east of Manhattan, but De Guzman continued driving, this time down the middle of I-90 east. He was reportedly driving erratically and reaching speeds of 94 miles per hour, according to court documents.
The pursuit continued for 12 miles. Stop sticks were deployed, but De Guzman stopped just before reaching them on I-90 between the 19th Ave. and 7th Ave. exits, according to authorities.
Authorities tried to get De Guzman to get out of his vehicle at gunpoint, but he refused to obey commands, court papers state. He was then forcibly removed from the vehicle and handcuffed.
A search of De Guzman's vehicle revealed a 12-gauge shotgun, a loaded .38 special and a glass pipe used to smoke meth with residue inside of it, court papers state.
De Guzman reportedly admitted to police that he passed more than 10 cars and drove through a closed lane in the construction zone, court papers state.
His preliminary hearing is set for April 26.