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"Always wanted to be in a car chase"

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Published on Sun, Feb 12, 2012

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

2007 Nissan Xterra at speed

The suspect used a 2007 Nissan Xterra for his high-speed chase

55-year old John C. Hughes says he always wanted to be part of a police chase. Earlier this month, his wish came true, as he led Butte police on a dangerous, high-speed chase through Butte County, Montana. Check off “lead a high-speed chase” from Hughes’ bucket list. Alas, Hughes was then taken into custody. So why would he want to lead police on the chase? "I just always wanted to do that," said Hughes, , according to the Butte police report. “Hughes likely found out it involved severe tire damage, because police used ‘stop sticks’ to deflate his tires during the chase in order to get him to stop, according to John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard. “Hughes was arrested without further incident and faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving while eluding police.” Investigators say Hughes wasn't intoxicated and they didn't find drugs or other contraband in his vehicle, according to Grant Emeigh. “Sheriff John Walsh said the man allegedly told officers afterward that he always wanted to see what it would be like to be in a chase with police,” reports Grant Emeigh. "That's the first time I've ever heard of anything like that," the sheriff told The Montana Standard. According to the local paper, the incident started about 3:25 a.m. when the driver of a 2007 Nissan Xterra started tailgating a police patrol for about seven blocks while driving east on Front Street. “The driver then pulled into the center lane and drove away at a high rate of speed south on Harrison Avenue,” says Grant Emeigh. Police informed The Montana Standard that the driver was traveling at more than 70 mph and refused to pull over. “Eventually the driver pulled over in the 2500 block of Harrison, but then took off again as the officer arrived, and headed onto the interstate,” said Grant Emeigh. The suspect continued driving toward Rocker in excess of 100 mph, according to the police report. “Butte officers who were in Rocker on another call assisted by throwing ‘stop sticks’ in front of the fleeing vehicle, causing the tires to the Xterra to deflate,” according to Grant Emeigh. “Hughes soon pulled over on the interstate just west of Rocker, according to police.” According to The Montana Standard, the police reports states that officers blocked the suspect's vehicle and had their guns drawn as he remained in his vehicle for several minutes refusing to obey police orders. “Hughes eventually complied and was taken into custody without further incident, said Grant Emeigh.

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