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Name of woman involved in Laurel chase released

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UPDATE: (Wednesday) Yellowstone County Deputy Coroner Cliff Mahoney has released the name of the woman who drove a pickup truck into the Yellowstone River Monday night and died. He says she is 34-year-old Angela Rose Garza of Billings.


UPDATE: The Laurel Police Department has released new details following a vehicle pursuit where a woman drove a pickup truck into the Yellowstone River.

Laurel Police received a call around 8:30 Monday night from the owner of a trailer, saying their trailer was stolen. Police located the Chevy Silverado on 1st Ave in Laurel.

Police followed the pickup for about 15-20 minutes through Laurel until the driver drove the pickup into the Yellowstone River at Riverside Park. 

The driver of the car then attempted to swim away from police. Officers used the city of Laurel's boat to catch the driver.

Police are saying the driver of the vehicle was a 33-year-old female. Medical teams say the woman had a pulse but was unresponsive. First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, but could not.

The woman was taken to a hospital in Billings where she was eventually pronounced dead.

The Laurel Police Department says no one else was in the vehicle with the woman and police are no longer looking for another suspect. The pickup and the trailer are currently impounded at the Laurel Police Station where police will apply for a search warrant.

If you have any information on the incident, you are urged to call the Laurel Police Department.


A female drives a vehicle off a boat ramp into the Yellowstone River Monday night following a vehicle pursuit in Laurel.

Law enforcement responded to a call just after 8:30 Monday night of a stolen trailer. When law enforcement attempted to pull the pickup truck over, the car fled. Officers chased the suspect in a pickup for 15 minutes before the vehicle drove into the river in Riverside Park in Laurel.

Officers on scene say a 33-year-old woman left the pickup and tried to flee by swimming across the river. Officers say she went under, and never came back up. She was not breathing when crews reached her. 

Officers say they exhausted all means trying to save her life, but cannot comment on her condition. 

Officers say there is a second possible suspect who was identified by a witness as a white 29-year-old male with brown hair and hazel eyes. Officers say they are not sure if he fled on foot, but they are interviewing the owner of the car to try to find out more information. 

The second suspect does have a record with law enforcement, but officers say they want to make sure this is the correct pickup truck. 

They say they will know more when the vehicle is pulled from the river. 

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