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One man dead after he drove off Billings Rims following cancelled police pursuit

Posted at 2:12 PM, Feb 04, 2024

Update Monday, 1:20 p.m.

Billings police said in a press release issued Monday afternoon that the incident began shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday when officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 2100 block of Custer Avenue. The 30-year-old male suspect left the residence before officers arrived.

While officers were investigating the disturbance, officers were provided a name and vehicle description, and an officer in the area located the vehicle traveling north on Zimmerman Trail from Grand Avenue.

Officers waited until reaching the top of Zimmerman Trail before attempting to stop the suspect's vehicle as it headed east on Highway 3.

The suspect continued to travel east without yielding to officers and then began to accelerate, which is when officers ended the pursuit "for the safety of the public, the Officers, and the suspect," the press release states.

The suspect's vehicle continued east on the highway and about a half mile west of Highway 3 and the North 27th Street roundabout the vehicle turned south "leaving the highway and driving off the edge of the Rims," the press release states.

Officers and sheriff's deputies located the vehicle at the base of the Rims and found the man deceased.


Original Report

BILLINGS - A 30-year-old man was found dead by police above the 1100 block of Rimrock Road at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sunday after he drove off The Rims following a canceled police pursuit, according to the Billings Police Department via Facebook.

BPD officers tried to stop the man, who they described as a "person of interest," on Zimmerman Trail and Highway 3. The attempted stop led to a chase, according to police.

Police declined to comment on what incited the initial stop or what made the man a "person of interest."

BPD said it ended the pursuit as the driver increased speed and proceeded east down Highway 3. He then drove off the Rims, according to police.

Some of the residents near the accident area told Q2 they were woken up by the sound of the crash, but were unsure what had happened.

The investigation is ongoing.

Video of the scene:

One man dead after he drove off The Rims following cancelled police pursuit