(LAUREL) — Two Miles City men are in custody following a shooting and high-speed chase through Laurel Monday afternoon.
Police attempted to apprehend Austin Allery, 18, and Hayden Lowry, 19, in the parking lot of the Laurel Wal-Mart, 100 Bernhardt Rd., shortly after 1 p.m. when shots were fired.
One suspect was captured, but the other fled the area in a maroon pickup truck bearing bullet holes. The man led police on a chase for about 30 minutes before the truck he was driving went off the road near Snowline Vista Way and Old U.S. Highway 10 west of Laurel.
As of press time, officials had not named which suspect was driving the vehicle or the extent of injuries, if any.
The men were wanted in connection with a five-county theft spree that culminated when Laurel police attempted to make a traffic stop on a stolen white Dodge pickup truck at about 11 p.m. Saturday night.
Lowry and Allery fled, leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase through rural back roads near the Yellowstone-Stillwater County line. Having unknowingly driven down a dead end, the stolen pickup truck careened off a 30-foot embankment northwest of Laurel and rolled another 100 feet into a field. Firearms, some confirmed stolen, were flung from the wreck.
Multiple agengies searched for an hour and a half, but the two men had disappeared into a snowstorm.