Last week, Missoula County Sheriff's Detectives were alerted about a male subject, later identified as Jonathan Lee Oliver, who was wanted for parole violation out of Oregon and said to be living under a fictitious name in Missoula County and allegedly involved in a large scale construction fraud scheme involving multiple victims in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Detectives discovered that Oliver had quickly abandoned his Missoula County residence and fled the state to avoid being apprehended. Missoula County Sheriff's Detective Sergeant T.J. McDermott and Missoula County Detective Jon Gunter along with assistance from Helena Police Detective Bryan Fischer began electronically tracking Oliver's movements through Oregon, Montana and into North Dakota late Tuesday evening. Detectives also learned that Oliver was armed with a Glock handgun and had made statements about committing suicide rather than going back to prison.
At approximately 11:00 pm on Tuesday evening, 12/20/2011, a Stutsman County Sheriff's Deputy (North Dakota) came in contact with a vehicle that law enforcement believed was being operated by Oliver based on electronic tracking information. A traffic stop was made on the vehicle on Interstate 94 near Jamestown. After brief contact with the Oliver, he fled from authorities and led them on a lengthy low speed pursuit at or below the speed limit. Oliver traveled eastbound on I-94 to the Oriska area where he exited I-94 and traveling northbound on Barnes County Roads to Hwy 26. He eluded several attempt to disable the vehicle with spike strips.
Oliver's vehicle tires were spiked and deflated on ND 26 near the Sibley Crossing, he entered the ditch and remained in his vehicle. After a 35 minute standoff with authorities, he surrendered without incident at 1:11 am on 12/21/11. A Glock handgun was recovered from the vehicle. Oliver was transported to the Stutsman County Correctional Center. Missoula County Sheriff's Detective Sergeant T.J. McDermott, Missoula County Sheriff's Detective Jon Gunter, Helena Police Detective Bryan Fischer and ND authorities are being credited with Oliver's capture.