Long chase ends in arrest

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Antonio Benanzio Rodriguez, 29

A Kalispell man is in jail following a pursuit by several law enforcement agencies Thursday morning.

Antonio Benanzio Rodriguez, 29, was arrested and incarcerated in the Flathead County Detention Center after the pursuit that started on Mennonite Church Road and ended in the Hillcrest subdivision north of Kalispell.

The chase began when Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Thorne tried to stop Rodriguez’ Jeep for speeding on Mennonite Church Road at about 8:30 a.m.

Rodriguez then reportedly led the trooper as well as Flathead County deputies, Kalispell police and at least one Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officer on the pursuit, which traveled up Montana 35 and across East Evergreen Drive before heading down River Road to U.S. 2.

On River Road, the driver blasted through Ron Crone’s fence twice, leaving behind a bumper.  

The chase eventually led to a dirt road behind Glacier Stone Supply, where Rodriguez’ two passengers bailed out. Rodriguez continued up Whitefish Stage Road, where law enforcement lost track of him before locating his vehicle on Winchester Street and finding him on foot nearby.

Rodriguez also slipped out of his handcuffs at one point while in custody, but did not escape. A law enforcement dispatch log indicated he had a warrant for his arrest.

The two passengers were apprehended but not arrested. The pursuit lasted roughly half an hour.

The front bumper was left behind after a Jeep tore through this fence at Ron Crone’s home on River Road in Evergreen. The Jeep was being pursued by law enforcement officers during a chase Thursday morning.

 

Montana Highway Patrol officers gather with a Flathead County sheriff's deputy at the conclusion of a pursuit that began in Creston on Thursday morning. (Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake)

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