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Montana woman accused of leading police on chase with a child in her car

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GREAT FALLS - A woman has been charged with three felonies and several misdemeanors in Great Falls.

Court documents state that on Wednesday afternoon a police officer was responding to a reported theft at Big Bear Sporting Goods on the Northwest Bypass.

The officer found the suspect vehicle - a white Cadillac - in the parking lot of First Interstate Bank near the intersection of Central Avenue West and 3rd Street NW.

As the officer drove toward the Cadillac the driver - later identified as Virginia Marie Wells - drove directly toward the police car and nearly crashed into it.

The driver then headed into a residential area and the officer followed. Court documents state that Wells was driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed.

The police officer, due to safety concerns, shut off the lights and sirens of the patrol car and continued following the Cadillac at a lower speed. The officer lost sight of the Cadillac but eventually found it in an alley.

Court documents state Wells was "frantically" trying to get a 2-year-old girl out of the back seat.

Wells, 45, has been charged with two felony counts of criminal endangerment, felony assault on a peace officer and the following misdemeanors: fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.

Court documents state that Wells was out on bond at the time of the arrest and note she has a "very lengthy" criminal history, including aggravated assault, assault on a peace officer, unlawful transaction with a child, criminal distribution of dangerous drugs and probation violations.

Prosecutors requested bond for Wells be set at $50,000.

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