MISSOULA – A man is facing numerous charges after leading law enforcement on an early Thursday morning pursuit from Missoula to Florence.
Court documents state that the incident began shortly before 2 a.m. when a Missoula police officer stopped a vehicle that had a headlight out on Russell Street.
The officer got out of her vehicle to make contact with the suspect, but the suspect — who has been identified as Matthew Mason Lundberg — took off and a pursuit ensued.
The officer hit speeds of approximately 60 mph while pursuing the suspect, who ran a red light at the intersection of Third and Reserve streets and continued fleeing at approximately 80 mph.
The suspect eventually turned onto Brooks Street and proceeded southbound on U.S. Highway 93 where other other officers joined in the pursuit, according to court documents.
The suspect hit stop sticks coming into Lolo and slowed to 60 mph but then began driving into oncoming traffic. Law enforcement attempted to stop the suspect by initiating a “rolling roadblock.”
Court documents state that Lundberg swerved towards an officer and struck the left corner of his patrol truck causing it to go off the road. The suspect also attempted to sideswipe another patrol vehicle.
Law enforcement eventually forced Lundberg’s vehicle to spin out and it eventually hit a building in the Florence area.
Lundberg got out of his Toyota Carolla and took off on foot and eventually tripped in the snow and was taken into custody, according to court documents.
He is facing a felony charge of criminal endangerment as well as a misdemeanor charged of “fleeing from or eluding a peace officer.
Lundberg is being held in the Missoula County jail.