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MT suspect dies after losing control of vehicle during high-speed chase

Posted: 10:59 AM, Dec 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-14 13:43:00-05

GREAT FALLS – A person died in a crash after leading officers on a high-speed chase overnight.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to a suspicious call at the Vaughn School.

The responding deputy located a vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop.

The suspect vehicle intentionally backed into the deputy’s vehicle then drove west on Montana Highway 200 while throwing objects at the deputy’s vehicle, with speeds reaching 100 mph.

At one point, the suspect stopped and again tried to ram the deputy’s vehicle. The deputy took evasive action, leaving the road to avoid being hurt.

The chase continued into Lewis & Clark County and near mile marker 106 – about three miles southwest of the intersection with Highway 287 – the suspect lost control of the vehicle.

The deputy did not see the crash but located the suspect and the vehicle at that location. The suspect was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Tracey Johnston, 46, of Great Falls has been identified as the man who died after leading officers on a high-speed chase overnight.

The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis & Clark fire, and the Lewis & Clark County Coroner’s Office provided assistance with this incident.

The Montana Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the incident.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Johnston had convictions in Hill County for DUI (4th or subsequent) and in Flathead County for criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

-David Sherman reporting for MTN News