37 year-old Brian Parini told his parole officer he would rather die than go back to jail, so, when Melissa Strecker told him to put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed, Parini ran. Missoula County Sheriff's Captain Rich Maricelli says Parini, who lives not far from Lolo Hot Springs, fled through Lolo Creek and then up a mountainside in his attempt to escape.

Missoula County Sheriff's deputies gave chase, and when Parini became exhausted on the mountainside, he was taken into custody. Two deputies sustained minor injuries in the chase, but did not require hospitalization. Maricelli says authorities wanted to question Parini about some stolen property, so they went to his trailer to conduct a search, and he fled. Parini appeared in Missoula Justice Court Friday afternoon on charges of resisting arrest and escape, and was placed in the Missoula County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Missoula Sheriff's Captain Rich Maricelli