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Two women arrested after Missoula chase ends in shootout near St. Ignatius

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Two women have been arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase that started in Missoula and ended with an exchange of gunfire outside St. Ignatius.

Shortly before noon Wednesday, a Missoula police officer attempted to pull over a black Ford Taurus being driven recklessly in Missoula’s Northside neighborhood. The car drove away along Raser Drive to Reserve Street and then Interstate 90, until it turned north on Highway 93, reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, according to authorities.

Lake County sheriff’s deputies and Flathead Tribal Police assisted the Missoula police and sheriff’s deputies in the chase. Missoula officers halted the chase near Arlee. But a tribal officer saw the vehicle passing in a no-passing zone near North Valley Creek Road near Arlee, according to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers from Lake County and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes continued the chase along Highway 93 to north of St. Ignatius, where the Ford left the highway and went onto gravel side roads.

Near the Ninepipes area, a passenger in the car allegedly shot at pursuing officers. The Ford stopped on Eagle Pass Trail and law enforcement shot at the suspects, who surrendered, according to the news release.

The driver and passenger, both women, were arrested and transported to the Lake County jail. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has been brought in to investigate the incident.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has not released the identities of the suspects.

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