Missoula Police Involved in Early Morning Chase – 60 MPH on Russell, Up to 80 MPH on Brooks
Missoula Police were involved in yet another high-speed chase Monday Morning June 12th. Missoula Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh says an on-duty officer noticed a vehicle racing down Russel Street at around two a.m.
"The officer was actually fueling his vehicle when he spotted the suspect's vehicle traveling southbound at a high rate of speed," Welsh said. "The officer estimated he was going approximately 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. The officer actually initiated the stop in the 1500 block of West Central."
The vehicle didn’t stop and a chase ensued that went all the way to Lolo.
"The speeding vehicle that he observed traveling southbound on South Russell Street near the intersection of South 14th, but the vehicle, rather than stopping, made some quick turns and accelerated before reaching Brooks Street and Turning southbound where speeds crept up in excess of 80 miles per hour."
By the time he reached Lolo, 26-year-old Alvin Morin decided to put on the breaks and surrendered without further incident. The arresting officer discovered that Morin was intoxicated during the chase and had at least three prior DUI convictions on his record. Because of all of the prior DUI incidents Morin will be facing a felony DUI charge this time.