Police Chase Ends in Tragic Crash Near Libby

The police pursuit of a speeding vehicle left one driver dead early Thursday evening in a dramatic crash. Montana Highway Patrol received reports of a black vehicle driving recklessly at speeds exceeding 100 mph just east of Troy. Officers were dispatched and quickly gave pursuit.

Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Neil Duram chased the man down US Highway 2 and even attempted to pull the black vehicle over at one point. The vehicle did not slow down, however, and even swerved across several lanes of traffic.

“Troopers caught up to the vehicle as it entered the four-lane 50 mph restricted speed zone on the west side of Libby,” said Montana Highway Patrol Captain Duane Bowers. “The vehicle continued eastbound at a high rate of speed weaving through rush-hour traffic and failing to yiled to the patrol cars with lights and sirens activated.”

Durham chased the man for just under two miles before the black vehicle crashed into a light pole and immediately caught fire. The fire was extinguished by on-scene police officers and a few business owners nearby.

The deceased driver was later identified as Taylor Alford, 31, from Missoula. Investigators do not believe drugs nor alcohol played a factor in the crash. They do suspect a medical emergency may have been to blame.

The crash is still under investigation.

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