Motorist charged after allegedly fleeing deputies and resisting arrest

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25 Nov. A Marion man charged with fleeing police during a traffic stop and later failing to cooperate with sheriff’s deputies pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in Flathead County court this month.

Jeffery George Armstrong Jr., 40, was arraigned on Nov. 17 before Judge Heidi Ulbricht on charges of felonious endangerment and a felony for resisting arrest. Ulbricht scheduled an omnibus hearing for March 8 with a pretrial conference on April 26.

Authorities began pursuing Armstrong after he allegedly rushed past a Flathead County Sheriff’s Office deputy on East Idaho Street in Kalispell around 8:22 p.m. on Nov. 8. according to court documents. According to court documents, the two vehicles were traveling in a 25-mph zone at the time.

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The deputy hit his emergency lights, which reportedly caused Armstrong to accelerate and reach about 90 miles per hour. He also began to evade road traffic and speed onto Montana 35, court documents said. He reportedly ran a red light on Helena Flats Road and forced another vehicle off the roadway.

According to court documents, Armstrong’s pickup came to a stop at the intersection of Montana 35 and Montana 206, where he initially allegedly refused orders to leave the truck. He eventually got out, but then refused to follow follow-up instructions “until non-lethal rounds were fired,” according to court documents.

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Officials on the scene found an empty alcohol container in the back of the pickup truck, according to court documents. Law enforcement officials on the scene described him as having boastful speech and poor balance. He also smelled of alcohol, court documents said.

According to court documents, authorities took him to county jail after he refused tests to detect alcohol in his system. He has since been released on his own admission.

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Armstrong must live in Marion and undergo alcohol testing pending the outcome of his case, according to documents filed with the county court.

If convicted, Armstrong faces up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for endangering a felony, as well as up to six months in prison and a $500 fine for resisting arrest.

News editor Derrick Perkins can be reached at 758-4430 or [email protected]

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