Crime Watch

Aug 19, 2011 8:38 AM by David Sherman- KRTV News

Woman charged after Great Falls pursuit

GREAT FALLS- The woman who lead Great Falls police on a cross-town chase on Wednesday evening has been charged with one count of felony burglary, one count of misdemeanor theft, and one count of felony criminal endangerment.

Police officers found Shawna Rae Brown in her vehicle near 400 block of 8th Street North at around 6:30 p.m. They had been searching for Brown due to an outstanding warrant for absconding from probation.

As the officers approached, Brown sped away, triggering a multi-car pursuit that led through the lower south side, the Prospect Heights neighborhood, along River Drive, and then to Black Eagle.

Court documents state that during the chase, Brown ran several stop signs, numerous stop lights, blew through many intersections, drove into oncoming traffic, and reached speeds of 50 mph to 60 mph in residential areas.

Brown lost control of the car and spun out in a field near the intersection of Old Havre Highway and Highway 87 at about 6:50 p.m.

Brown had two passengers in her vehicle, identified as Ira Henderson and Stacy Lee, both of whom said that Brown's driving had put them in fear for their lives.

The burglary and theft charges stem from a reported incident in Vaughn earlier this month when Brown was a suspect in the theft of several tools from a garage.

Brown pawned the tools in Great Falls and pawn shop staff members later identified Brown as the person who pawned the items. Brown told pawn shop staff that she had received the tools as a result of her brother passing away.

Prosecutors have requested that bond be set at $75,000.

Brown, 43, has a criminal record dating back to 1991, with convictions in Cascade County, Fergus County, and Missoula County for a range of crimes, including forgery, escape, burglary, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

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