In this true story out of Missoula County, a vehicle theft suspect was pulled over by a Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy. It was around 8:00 a.m., and the suspect was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche. After refusing verbal commands from the deputy, the suspect sped off in the stolen vehicle. This initiated a high-speed chase.
The suspect (later identified as 22-year-old Justin Douglas Delany) barreled through fields, fences, yards, and a construction site before crashing into a mailbox in Haven Heights. That’s when he abandoned the vehicle and decided to flee on foot.
Seeing the commotion outside, a vigilant neighbor got his gun ready just in time. Delany entered the man’s home in an attempt to wait out the police chase in the basement. Instead, the homeowner found him in the basement and led him out into the yard at gunpoint, where he was arrested. He was initially booked as a 22-year-old John Doe, but he eventually gave up his name to the police. Delany is now charged with felony theft, burglary and criminal mischief, as well as fleeing from and obstructing a peace officer.
There’s no drug charge on that list, but a search of the stolen Avalanche turned up a bag of methamphetamine.
This is the kind of ‘good guy with a gun’ story you won’t get from the mainstream media. We report on them as often as possible, and the archive can be found here.