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Nov 8, 2013 6:32 PM by Mike Powers - MTN News

Man arrested after Missoula high speed pursuit

MISSOULA - Authorities say a man suspected of stealing a car in Wyoming is lucky to be alive after a high-speed chase that reached speeds of up to 120 mph ended in a rollover on Interstate 90 in Missoula.

Leon Andrew Harlson, 23, who has ties to Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota, now could face several charges, including felony theft and eluding an officer.

The 2004 Honda Civic involved was reported stolen from Gillette, Wyo. and was spotted by Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Pfau near Clinton at about 8:00 a.m. on Friday.

Court records state that when Pfau and another officer tried to pull Harlson over, he took off at a high rate of speed and began weaving in and out of traffic.

The pursuit ended when Missoula Police officers placed spike strips across I-90 and Harlson tried to avoid them. The strips blew out two tires on the left side of the car, which then crossed the other lane of traffic and rolled.

Harlson was not seriously injured in the crash. He was later arrested and booked into the Missoula County Detention Center.

Harlson agreed to a blood test, and those results are pending.

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