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Man attempts to stop fleeing suspect in stolen vehicle in Billings

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BILLINGS - A 46-year-old man wasn't ready to let someone steal his pickup and get away with it.

On Wednesday morning, Rusty Castro, 23, attempted to steal a 2004 Red GMC pickup on Grand Avenue, Billings police said in a news release.

The pickup was running with keys in it behind a business. Castro allegedly got it and took off.

The owner of the pickup saw Castro fleeing and climbed into the back of the pickup bed. As Castro was driving, the owner began kicking at the rear window causing it to break. 

Police report Castro jumped from the driver's seat while the vehicle was in motion and rolled across the road before getting up and running from the scene.  

The still-moving vehicle hit a light pole on 13th Street West south of Avenue C while the owner was still in the bed of the truck, stated Billings Police Sgt. Shane Winden. The owner was thrown into the back of the cab and was nearly ejected from bed. 

Castro was located and arrested by responding police.

The owner of the pickup was taken to the hospital after suffering broken ribs, a collapsed lung, lacerations to his face and several broken teeth.

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