One of Laurel’s top cops on tail of suspect Sunday

Outlook managing editor

Senior Officer Joel Sauter from the Laurel Police Department was instrumental in the capture of a suspect on Sunday after pursuing the man from Laurel to Park City and back to Laurel. The suspect, Jericho Nava, who was driving a stolen vehicle was eventually arrested by police in Billings, but not before leading authorities on a wild and potentially dangerous ride.
The pursuit began after an off-duty Stillwater County deputy reported a stolen silver Ford F-150 parked on the 400 block of Cedar Avenue, in Laurel. Officer Sauter made contact with the deputy and found out that a passenger had gotten out of the vehicle, but the driver was still behind the wheel.
“I initiated a high-risk stop,” Sauter said. “I pulled my weapon and commanded the driver to get out of the vehicle. I made the command three times before he fled and I began pursuit.”
The suspect took back roads including Frank Road, turning onto Shay Road and headed towards Park City at a high rate of speed.
“I terminated the pursuit before he got to Park City, for safety reasons,” Sauter said. “But, I continued into town and was flagged down by someone who had almost been hit by the vehicle.”
Stillwater County deputies located the suspect and the chase was back on. By this time, the vehicle had one blown tire, although the driver continued at a high rate of speed towards Laurel on Old Highway 10 W. Officer Sauter was back in pursuit.
Nava got on the freeway, driving east in the west-bound lane before taking the west exchange using the wrong lane and headed back into Laurel.
“By this time there were three highway patrol troopers, a Stillwater County deputy and me in pursuit,” Sauter said. “The suspect turned into town and went right through the light on Main Street.”
When the chase party approached Seitz-Ronan Rd., Sauter ceased his pursuit, leaving the rest of chase to the other officers, who pursued the suspect into Billings.
Billings Police officers found the truck in an alley off of S. 31st St., in Billings. BPD Sgt. Matt Lennick reported that officers chased the suspect on foot, caught and arrested the 21-year-old Nava, who remains in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
Charges out of Laurel include three counts of felony criminal endangerment, eluding a police officer, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving. According to the jail roster, Nava has also been charged on a warrant for failure to appear. More charges from other involved agencies are likely, Sauter said.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check for more info. Find them on Facebook . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate?

The Laurel Outlook


Click Here to Check Out Our Latest Ads

We use Google cookies to determine our demographic of visitors to our site. You can opt out here.

We also use Twitter Analytics to track clicks from our twitter feed. 

You can find all the City Council documents that we have received here.