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Charlo man accused of leading deputies on pursuit through alfalfa field

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 18:09:41-04

POLSON – A Charlo man is in custody after being accused of threatening two females with a machete-type knife and leading Lake County deputies on two pursuits in one week.

According to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell, deputies responded to a report of a male who was driving recklessly and was intentionally ramming into multiple vehicles in the Charlo area on Saturday.

The suspect, 56-year-old James Roylance, was located and led local law enforcement on a chase into an alfalfa field near Hall Road.

Bell said in order to keep the suspect within the field and to prevent further threats to public safety, a deputy shot out his rear tires, and eventually officials were able to use their patrol vehicles to pin the suspect up against a fence and take him into custody

Roylance is currently being held in the Lake County Jail.

Prior to this arrest, just three days earlier, Roylance was the subject of non-violent criminal complaints in and around Charlo.

According to Bell, in this case, a short pursuit ensued once Roylance was located by a deputy. Once apprehended, he was placed in the Lake County Jail on traffic and misdemeanor criminal charges. In this incident, he was released after a court appearance.