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One dead, Broadwater County deputy injured in head-on crash

One dead, Broadwater County deputy injured in head-on crash
Posted at 9:19 AM, Jan 19, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-19 15:21:28-05

TOWNSEND — The Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office reports a person has died following a pursuit by law enforcement and a collision with a sheriff’s vehicle.

On Thursday at approximately 3:15 p.m., Montana Highway Patrol initiated a pursuit with a vehicle south on Highway 287/12 north of Townsend.

A Broadwater County deputy responded to assist in the pursuit and activated his emergency lights when he saw the vehicle coming his way.

In a social media post, Broadwater County Sheriff Nick Rauser said the driver swerved towards the deputy’s vehicle.

“The Deputy tried to avoid the collision, but unfortunately he was struck head on. The suspect was traveling at a high rate of speed,” Rauser said in the post.

The deputy was able to exit his vehicle on his own. He was transported to the hospital and released with minor injuries. The suspect died.

Rauser said the incident remains an active investigation and names will not be released at this time. Broadwater County is working with the Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office on the investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Deputy and their family during this time, and everyone else that was impacted by this tragic event,” Rauser wrote. “Thank you to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Montana DCI, Broadwater County Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, St. Peters Hospital Staff, and Sheriff Dutton and Sheriff Springer for all their assistance during this incident.”