Laurel women jailed following chase

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Stillwater County News Editor

Two Laurel women were jailed Tuesday, April 11, following a high speed chase that started in Columbus and ended in Carbon County.
Erica R. Pearce, the 34-year-old driver of the 1999 Ford Ranger involved, is charged with felony criminal endangerment, felony attempted assault on a peace officer and misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended or revoked license, improper passing and a stop sign violation.
She remains at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility with bond set at $75,000.
Kacie E. Ormsby-Perryman, a 38-year-old passenger in the truck, was also arrested on a total of seven warrants — three of which were felony, said Stillwater County Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Smith. Her bond was set at $37,000. She is no longer in custody.
The pursuit started at 7:07 p.m. in Columbus when Smith attempted to make a traffic stop and Pearce fled, traveling down Ninth St., Pike Ave. and then on to Highway 78.
Deputies deployed spike strips near the Beartooth Ranch turn-off, which got one tire of Pearce’s vehicle. The chase continued through Absarokee and Roscoe, at which point Carbon County deputies were requested to help, said Smith.
A Carbon County deputy deployed a second set of spike strips, which stopped Pearce’s vehicle.
Smith said speeds reached 80 mph. The deputy was applying for a search warrant for Pearce’s vehicle Wednesday, April 12. The investigation is continuing.
In addition to Carbon County deputies, Columbus police assisted.

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