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Jody Lyn Bennett

Jody Lyn Bennett

A Missoula man facing felony charges after allegedly leading police on a chase Friday is being held on a $50,000 bail.

“It’s all one big mess,” 45-year-old Jody Lyn Bennett told Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway on Monday during his court appearance, before starting to explain his side of what happened Friday leading up to his arrest.

“You really shouldn’t talk too much,” public defender Ted Fellman reminded him.

On Friday evening, Missoula police pulled over Bennett on the 1100 block of Russell Street. Bennett was driving a Nissan XTerra with a broken tail light, according to court records. Sgt. Travis Welsh told the Missoulian on Monday that officers recognized Bennett from other connections to drug activity.

Court records state that Bennett wouldn’t make eye contact with the officers and that his hands were shaking. The officers asked if they could search his vehicle but Bennett refused.

A Missoula County deputy and his K9 officer partner were called to do an external search of the Nissan. When they arrived and Bennett was asked to step out of the vehicle, he instead drove away, starting a chase that went until the intersection of Mount Avenue and Johnson Street, where Bennett hit a parked car, got out and ran.

An officer followed Bennett and tackled him a short distance away.

While being searched at the jail, officers allegedly found a plastic bag containing small crystals that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Bennett is charged with felonies for attempted escape and drug possession as well as misdemeanors for fleeing, resisting arrest and driving without a brake light.

Welsh said Bennett’s vehicle was towed away until a search warrant is issued for it to be examined.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.