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Authorities searching for man missing after fleeing from deputy near Big Timber

Posted at 12:36 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 14:36:53-04

BIG TIMBER — Authorities in Sweet Grass County are still searching for a man who fled during an attempted traffic stop.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the man in a press release as Bryce Arneson, 28, of the Bozeman/Ennis area.

Dispatch received a report around 10:30 p.m. Friday of an erratic driver near Greycliff.

When a deputy attempted to make contact with the driver, the vehicle took off and drove through private property and fences to elude the deputy.

The deputy backed off and set up a perimeter while requesting backup, according to a press release.

Five officers from various law enforcement agencies began searching for Arneson around 11:20 p.m. Friday but had to discontinue to the search because of severe weather.

The team, along with a K9 unit, set out again around 7:20 a.m. Saturday to search for Arneson.

At some point, the sheriff’s office received a report that Arneson was seen in Billings but that witness later rescinded their statement.

Authorities began searching in the area where Arneson’s vehicle was found Tuesday but have not located him.

The search is ongoing.