UPDATE---3:00 p.m. Monday, December 17

The suspect in Monday morning's high speed chase has been identified as 22 year-old Justin Douglas Delaney. He is currently in the Missoula County Jail on $50,000 bond charged with felony theft, burglary and criminal mischief, along with misdemeanor charges of eluding and obstructing a peace officer. He will appear in Missoula Justice Court on Tuesday.


Officials say a traffic stop Monday morning eventually escalated into a police pursuit. It ended with the suspect running from his vehicle and entering a nearby home. According to police, the resident of the home armed himself before the suspect entered. The resident held the suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived and took the suspect into custody.

Here is what the Missoula County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Facebook:

***PURSUIT*** This morning, dispatch put out an “attempt to locate” on a stolen vehicle out of Missoula city limits. Shortly after, a Missoula County Sheriffs Deputy, who was patrolling near Pulp Mill Road to be on the lookout observed the stolen vehicle heading west on Mullan at approximately 8:05. The suspect had pulled to the side of the road, so the deputy initiated his lights and began the felony stop. After refusing verbal commands from the deputy, the vehicle sped away. The suspect drove through a construction site, several fields and through fences, weaving the deputy in several directions before coming to a stop on Haven Heights. The suspect then fled on foot into a nearby home. The homeowner had observed the recent police activity and armed himself prior to the suspects entrance. When the suspect entered his home, he held him at gunpoint until officers arrived and took the suspect into custody.

At the time of the arrest of the suspect would not give his name. However, he will be booked in the Missoula County Detention Facility once more information is gathered.


Photo Courtesy of Missoula County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy of Missoula County Sheriff's Office