Montana Police: Grand Theft Idaho Ends With Car Stuck on Ski Slope


Lost Trail Powder Ski Slope, Montana
  • Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski slope, Montana

Suspected crooks rarely get away from law enforcement when they begin a high-speed chase. But an Idaho man, accused of stealing a pickup truck in Darby, Mont., had more chutzpah than brains when he thought he could get away by driving up a western Montana ski slope.

The Ravalli Republic reports that 67-year-old Larry Gardner of Pocatello spent Christmas behind bars after being busted for felony counts of theft and criminal endangerment after leading Montana lawmen on a 30-mile, high-speed chase from the town of Darby, Mont., to the top of Lost Trail Pass. Police said Gardner stole the vehicle from a hospital in Hamilton, Mont.

At one point in the chase, police said Gardner attempted to drive up a ski slope of Lost Trail Powder Mountain. Police said the ski trail was "congested with adults and children."

Gardner remains behind bars, awaiting a Wednesday, Jan. 9, court appearance.