Posted: May 22, 2013 4:22 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: May 22, 2013 4:22 PM
BOZEMAN - A Billings woman accused of a day-long crime spree that started with her stealing electronics and checks and ended in a high-speed chase through Gallatin County answered to charges in district court today.
Brandi Hodgin, 27, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony criminal endangerment and theft. Judge Mike Salvagni continued her bail at $100,000.
Hodgin is also charged with felony burglary after police searched a stolen truck driven by Hodgin during the chase and found it full of items that had been stolen from a Bozeman home earlier in the day, according to court documents.
Hodgin is accused of stealing a checkbook from a vehicle then trying to cash stolen checks at two local banks on Wednesday, April 24. Hodgin reportedly fled from the second bank when police arrived then led them on a 35-mile chase, reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.
The chase ended when she crashed through a metal fence, landing the truck in a creek.
Two Billings men were arrested later in the week in connection with the incident.
David Spencer, 41, and Jason Ramirez, 31, were identified as Hodgin's associates. Police say they found the pair at the Lewis & Clark Motel along with another stolen truck and a stolen motorcycle. Meth was reportedly also found in the room.
Spencer is charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and one count each of criminal possession with intent to distribute and theft by possession of stolen property. Ramirez is charged with one count each of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and theft by possession of stolen property.