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Wanted man leads officers on high-speed chase in Park County

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A man wanted on a felony warrant in Utah was arrested in Montana after leading officers on a high-speed chase on Saturday.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an erratic driver westbound on I-90 in the area of mile marker 349 just before 1 p.m. on Saturday. The vehicle was reported as being all over the road, speeding and slamming on brakes.

The reporting party said the vehicle was a dark-colored sedan and provided dispatch with a Utah license plate number. Park County Deputy Ryan Call located the suspect vehicle, with Utah plates, near mile marker 337.

Deputy Call followed the vehicle into Livingston where he attempted to make contact with the driver, who was later identified as Brian J Wells, 36, of Utah.

While Deputy Call was attempting to make contact, the driver sped away on Highway 89 South, and the deputy began following him. Deputy Call was advised during the chase that the driver of the vehicle had a felony no-bond warrant in Utah.

The vehicle was reportedly traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour and at times traveling in the northbound lane while traveling southbound, endangering other drivers.

The driver was also reportedly throwing clear plastic baggies with a white powdery substance out of the window during the chase. The driver eventually lost control of his vehicle near mile marker 34 of Highway 89 South and rolled into the ditch.

Wells was taken into custody and taken to Livingston Hospital for medical clearance.

Once cleared, he was booked into the Park County Detention Center on the following charges: driving with suspended/revoked license; felony criminal endangerment, reckless driving, and eluding a police officer.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating items thrown from the vehicle as well as possible illegal items that may still be in the vehicle.

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