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Man charged for crashing into state patrol car at 140 mph

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Larry Lee Rowland, the man who allegedly crashed his car into a Montana Highway Patrol trooper's vehicle on I-15 last month, has been charged.

Rowland is charged with criminal endangerment, criminal possession of a dangerous drug, and negligent vehicular assault.

According to court documents, MHP Trooper Geoff Groshelle received a traffic complaint on Jan. 19 of a Ford Mustang speeding at more than 100 mph along I-15 near Cascade.

Groshelle positioned his car to wait for the suspect vehicle near mile marker 251. After more than 45 minutes, Groshelle concluded that the suspect had changed direction and was no longer heading north on I-15.

The trooper got back on to I-15 and began heading back to Great Falls.

Moments later, at about 4 p.m., Groshelle heard what he described as an extremely loud explosion and his vehicle was shaken violently. He initially thought that an axle had broken on his car, or one or two tires had blown out.

When Groshelle got out of his vehicle, he saw a dark-green Mustang with heavy front-end damage "in the distance" up against the guardrail.

Another trooper arrived at the scene and found Rowland sitting in the mustang. The trooper asked Rowland what happened and Rowland reportedly said, "I did not even see him."

Larry Lee Rowland

The trooper noted that Rowland smelled of alcohol and his speech was slow and slurred, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.

During the investigation, troopers estimated the car was traveling between 140 to 151 mph when he hit the patrol car.

Groshelle was taken to Benefis Health System by ambulance for treatment of the injuries he sustained, which were not life-threatening.

Troopers found a small baggie with white powder inside Rowland's vehicle. According to court documents, Rowland admitted that it was methamphetamine.

When he was asked how he ingested the meth, Roland said that he sprinkles it on top of his marijuana when he smokes.

Court documents note that Rowland has a valid Montana medical marijuana card.

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