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Grand Theft Auto Ends With Drive up Ski Hill, 20 Years in Prison

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HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — An Idaho man who stole a truck in western Montana and led officers on a 30-mile chase to the slopes of a ski hill has been sentenced to 20 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with 15 suspended.

67-year-old Larry J. Gardner of Pocatello, Idaho, was sentenced Thursday by District Judge James Haynes.

Gardner earlier pleaded guilty to theft, two counts of felony criminal endangerment along with speeding and fleeing from police for the December 2012 chase.

Prosecutors say Gardner took a pickup truck from a Hamilton hospital parking lot and was pulled over by Darby Marshal Larry Rose for speeding. However, Gardner drove off.

The chase ended when Gardner could no longer drive the pickup up a ski hill.

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