Truck rams into courthouse, driver arrested and charged

By: 
Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Photo by Eleanor Guerrero
$1,500 damage was caused to the Carbon County Courthouse building when this Dodge Ram truck was driven into it, Jan. 29.

Tyge DeVries, of Roberts, was charged with two felony counts, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief, when he allegedly drove his Dodge Ram truck into the Carbon County Courthouse building, Jan. 29.

The incident happened at noon.

The building houses the Justice Court, District Court, County Attorney, and Sheriff’s Offices.  

According to court papers filed at the courthouse by Deputy Carbon County Attorney Shannon Foley, DeVries was observed driving south on Broadway and seen making a U-turn near the intersection of Broadway and 10th street.

Witnesses reported DeVries could not make the turn and had to reverse back onto Broadway, stopping traffic, state court documents.

Once DeVries had the truck facing north he accelerated and intentionally crashed his Ram pickup into the building said court papers.

The truck struck the front stairway after DeVries had driven over the sidewalk, and damage to the building is estimated to be $1,500 said court documents.

According to court papers, DeVries continued to accelerate even after hitting the building and later emerged from the vehicle holding a cardboard beer container.

DeVries appeared agitated, court papers state, and when Carbon County Sheriff’s Deputy Evan Thompson approached DeVries he went into a tirade repeatedly screaming, “Kill them all” and “Burn it down.”

DeVries eventually lowered himself onto his stomach, state court documents, and he was arrested by Thompson and Red Lodge Police Chief Jason Wells.

While being interviewed by Wells, DeVries admitted he intentionally drove the vehicle into the building said court documents.

According to court documents Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Brandon Timm observed multiple firearms in DeVries truck, including a revolver on the driver’s side floor.

DeVries has multiple pending felonies in Carbon County District Court. 

A trial date has not been set.

 

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