Juvenile party turns into high speed pursuit
Early Sunday morning, what started as pulling over a car filled with five teenagers, ended with a high speed pursuit, felony charges and gunshots.
A Lewis and Clark County sheriff's deputy pulled the car over and says he smelled illicit drugs. After the deputy asked the teenagers to step out of the car, the 19 year-old, Eric Macintosh, ran back inside the vehicle and took off, leading deputies on a pursuit. After authorities stopped the vehicle a homeowner in the area fired his shotgun into the air, thinking he was scaring away trespassers. Authorities took this as a threat and disarmed the homeowner at gunpoint. Macintosh later turned himself into the police and now is facing several charges including felony criminal endangerment, and several misdemeanor charges. Sheriff Leo Dutton has two warnings to give the public after this incident.
"If you're coming out shooting in the air for reasons to scare people off really consider that,
is that appropriate? So once you turn that magic age of eighteen and do some criminal activity you can be taken to jail."
The incident is still under investigation.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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