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Manhunt Ends with Car Theft Suspect in Custody

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BOZEMAN - Madison County law enforcement officials said a man accused of stealing three vehicles in Gallatin County Thursday and leading 25 officers on a five-hour car and foot chase has been arrested.

Madison County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Steve DiGiovanna said the suspect was taken in custody Thursday evening as he was caught walking out of the Tobacco Root Mountains.

DiGiovanna said law enforcement had just scaled back their operation as it was getting late and dark, when the man walked out about 100 yards away from the officers.

The incident started Thursday morning when the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department received a report of a stolen vehicle, north of Belgrade.

The male suspect escaped officers in a GMC extended cab truck.

Later, the vehicle was spotted at a gas station in Madison County.

Deputies there chased him for about 15 miles at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, before he ditched the vehicle and escaped on foot in the Tobacco Root Mountains, west of Pony.

DiGiovanna said the man, whose identity has not yet been released, was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital where he is being treated for minor injuries to his legs sustained in the woods.

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