A Florence man arrested after reportedly leading Missoula deputies and Montana Highway Patrol troopers on a chase that topped more than 130 mph has bonded out of jail.
Jason Allen, 40, posted $1,900 Saturday night, just about an hour after being arrested.
We’re told a Missoula County deputy joined in the chase on Highway 93 South Saturday evening after noting what he described as a “blur” speed by him. A trooper was already in pursuit. Reports indicate the motorcyclist, later identified as Allen, was going in excess of 130 miles an hour.
Deputies told us he pulled into the center lane near East Carlton Creek, north of Florence, pulled into a wide parking area, and then swung past law enforcement cars as they tried to block him in.
The chase continued down Leo Hansen Road. Allen reportedly tried to negotiate a turn into a driveway but lost control of the bike.
Reports indicate he ripped off his helmet and the deputy thought he might use it to hit him. He pulled his service weapon.
After a struggle, we’re told Allen was cuffed. Investigators say they found $2,000 in his pocket in small bills and several small plastic sacks.
Monday afternoon, Allen appeared in Missoula Justice Court facing a list of citations, including reckless driving, speeding, eluding an officer, driving without a valid license, interfering with lawful operation of a bicycle, failure to obey a traffic signal and operating a vehicle without proper equipment.
The court entered a not guilty plea on Allen's behalf, pending a legal consultation.