Montana Crime & Courts

Feb 23, 2013 5:35 PM by MTN News - Billings

Suspect named in Billings high-speed stolen car pursuit

BILLINGS - Police have released the name of the man who was arrested Friday following a high-speed pursuit that led officers on a back roads chase from Laurel to a west Billings subdivision.

James Wiles, 31, of Billings, is held at the Yellowstone County Detention Center on a charge of criminal endangerment.

The Laurel Police Department says it's also filing charges including two additional counts of criminal endangerment, driving with a suspended driver's license and reckless eluding.

The Laurel Police Department says the chase began when a Laurel police officer attempted to stop Wiles while the suspect was driving a stolen Subaru.

The pursuit started in Laurel and reached speeds of up to 80 miles per hour before ending at 689 Feather Place in Billings.

Montana Highway Patrol and Yellowstone County Sheriff's assisted the Laurel Police Department.

Yellowstone County deputies used spike strips in an attempt to disable the vehicle before it entered the Billings city limits. The spikes did puncture the right front tire but the driver was able to continue to evade officers.

The pursuit continued into Billings where BPD officers deployed another spike strip. The chase ended when the suspect turned on to Feather Place, which dead ends on a cul de sac.

The Laurel Police Department is in charge of the investigation.

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