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Missoula man faces charges after highway chase

Published On: Nov 03 2013 11:42:36 AM MST
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HAMILTON, Mont. -

A Missoula man is charged with driving drunk and leading Ravalli County law enforcement officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.
    
The Ravalli Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1hAqhhe ) 20-year-old Tyler Joe Ashley appeared in Justice Court Wednesday on felony charges of criminal endangerment, theft and criminal mischief, as well as several misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.
    
Court records say a reserve deputy spotted the sport utility vehicle Ashley was driving traveling 61 mph in a 45 mph zone in Florence early on Oct. 1. Prosecutors say Ashley fled the traffic stop, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.
    
He hit spike strips near Victor that punctured three tires, but he continued to drive on the rims. Ashley was arrested when the car went into a ditch on a road southwest of Victor.