BOZEMAN, Mont. -

On May 23, 2013, deputies with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office began investigating reports of a stolen truck at a business off Jackrabbit Lane in Belgrade.

The investigation turned into a chase stretching across northern Gallatin and Madison counties, involving three stolen vehicles and a home burglary. It ended in the late evening with the surrender of Matthew Brandemihl in the woods near Pony.

NBC Montana asked the Montana Highway Patrol and Gallatin County Sheriff's Office about how they responded to the incident, and their protocol for high-speed chases.

MHP Sergeant Patrick McLaughlin watched the dash cam video of Brandemihl's high-speed chase.

"In my 15 years, I've never seen a pursuit like this," said McLaughlin.

Brandemihl stole three vehicles and burglarized a home, in between leading police on a high-speed chase and hours-long man hunt.

"His driving behavior was extremely erratic," McLaughlin said.

"Mr. Brandemihl was not staying on the road," explained Lieutenant Ryan Stratman with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.

McLaughlin and Stratman explained chasing a suspect like Brandemihl can be risky, so they have certain protocols in place to keep the public and themselves safe.

One of the first things they consider before deciding whether o pursue someone is how busy the surrounding area is. They also consider who the person is, and whether chasing them would put their officers or the public in more danger.

"The traffic conditions, the speed of the pursuit, and what the severity of the offense is, all of that is being considered the entire time, you're re-evaluating as the pursuit progresses," Stratman said.

An example of that re-evaluating -- at one point, Brandemihl crashed through a fence, and barbed wire whipped the trooper's car, damaging the hood.

McLaughlin explained at the time, the trooper was deciding whether to get out of his car to put down road spikes, but decided not to.

"It really saved his life," McLaughlin said. "That barbed wire could have done some significant damage to my officer."

Rather than follow Brandemihl through fields, fences, over railroad tracks, and across I-90, law enforcement set up perimeters and stop sticks.

"We were trying to contain him by staying to the roads," Lt. Stratman said.

Stratman and McLaughlin explained while the Brandemihl chase was unusual, they stuck to protocol and eventually were able to arrest him.

"One bad person is enough," McLaughlin said. "We don't want to double the dangerous situation by recreating it ourselves."

In March, Brandemihl was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 10 suspended, on terms he go to Treatment Court. But Brandemihl never showed up to meetings with his probation officer. He was eventually arrested, and re-sentenced to 8 years in prison.