At around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, a Missoula Police officer observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Broadway without its headlights on. Due to the time of the night and proximity to the downtown bar area, the officer followed the vehicle to initiate a traffic stop. Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.

“Before the officer could initiate a stop of the vehicle, it had actually made a U-turn in the street and drove back past the officer,” Welsh said. “The officer made a U-turn with its lights on and attempted to stop the vehicle. However, the vehicle continued and accelerated at a high rate of speed without stopping.”

Court documents indicate that the vehicle ran several red lights and failed to stop at several stop signs during the high-speed chase, endangered the lives of several people.

“The vehicle went into a residential area near Paxson and McDonald, finally stopping in a parking lot in the 3100 block of Brooks Street,” Welsh said. “The driver was identified as 38-year-old Cory Williams.”

Officers placed Williams under arrested and also questioned a female passenger. She said she told Williams to stop and let her out of the vehicle several times but he would not stop.

An officer believed Williams was intoxicated so they conducted a DUI investigation. Williams was eventually transported to St. Patrick's Hospital where a blood tech completed a blood draw.

Williams is being charged with felony criminal endangerment, felony DUI, unlawful restraint, and fleeing from a peace officer. Williams has five prior DUI convictions.

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