Man who led police on a high speed chase through two cities told to ‘grow up’

By Marlo Pronovost
SCN Editor

A man who led police on a high speed chase through two cities will spend the next three years on probation.
Daniel Martin, 21, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last week and was given a 3-year suspended sentence and $1,085 in fines and fees for one felony count of criminal endangerment and misdemeanor counts of being a habitual traffic offender and failure to have insurance.
Martin served 162 days in jail upon his arrest last May, which Judge Blair Jones called “warranted.”
“I’m appalled at this,” said Jones. “Do you realize the amount of jeopardy you put people in?”
Martin answered that he did realize the scope of his actions and said he was trying to get his life together.
Jones told Martin that by age 21 he should have had enough common sense to not engage in such behavior. In addition to probation, Martin was ordered to abide by 35 court-imposed conditions.
Jones said the sentence provides for the protection of the community through supervision.
“Time to grow up quickly, Mr. Martin,” Jones told the defendant.

The case
On May 12 Martin was caught on radar driving eastbound on I-90 at 85 mph in an 80 zone by a Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was parked in a crossover median, according to court documents.
Trooper Todd Hagenbuch briefly activated his top lights to get Martin’s attention, but the vehicle did not slow down. Hagenbuch followed Martin, who kept increasing speed, hitting 100 mph, according to court documents.
Hagenbuch again activated his lights and siren and followed the vehicle on the Park City exit ramp, where Martin ran the stop sign, turned right into Park City, continued to Highway 10 and then turned south onto South Clark Street where he nearly crashed into the railroad crossing, according to court documents.
Martin continued to drive through Park City, trying to lose Hagenbuch, traveling 55 mph and running stop signs.
Martin eventually continued the chase into Yellowstone County, reaching speeds of more than 90 mph. Laurel police joined in, chasing Martin at 70 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to court documents. Hagenbuch ended his pursuit as Martin drove towards WalMart out of a concern for the safety of other citizens, according to court documents.
Laurel police continued, following Martin around the city, who continued to run stop signs and drive with his headlights off to evade police.
Martin hit a Laurel Police squad car that was trying to block his path, but continued to drive, going into fields before colliding with another patrol car and going into a ditch, according to court documents.
Laurel police arrested Martin and a co-defendant who had been in the vehicle.

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