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Man charged for crosstown Missoula chase

MISSOULA – A man faces felony charges for leading police on a high-speed chase through town Friday night that endangered children walking on a sidewalk.

Kegan James Salter, 27, is charged with two felony counts of criminal endangerment and one misdemeanor count of fleeing a peace officer.

Salter made his first court appearance Monday afternoon in Missoula Justice Court.

Missoula Police responded to a report of an attempted home invasion in the 1600 block of Montana Street, called in by the suspect’s sister at around 6 p.m. on Friday.

While police were en route, they saw Salter’s pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed west of Montana Street.

Missoula Police Chase
The truck came close to crashing through the side of the recently renovated restaurant on 4.19.19. (Dennis Bragg/MTN News photo)

According to court documents, police say Salter was driving 60 mph in a 35 mph zone on South 3rd Street West and hit a vehicle as he turned onto Reserve Street, causing damage.

The pursuit ensued with speeds reaching 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, with Salter accused of running a red light at the Mount Avenue intersection.

Salter lead police through the Southgate Mall parking lot towards Brooks Street, crashing into another vehicle, with his pickup truck then flipping on its side on the sidewalk next to Bridge Pizza.

Witnesses told police that Salter nearly hit two young children on the sidewalk next to the restaurant and a bicyclist at the intersection.

Salter fled from police, but a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper was able to apprehend him. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

Melissa Rafferty

Melissa Rafferty

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