A Missoula man wanted on a $150,000 warrant out of Missoula County was arrested Thursday in West Yellowstone after a chase with multiple law enforcement agencies.

Aragorn Jake Berger, 41, is charged with felony counts of criminal endangerment and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, as well as misdemeanor counts of fleeing from a peace officer, theft and driving without a valid license.

Berger appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Friday morning where his bail was set at $75,000 on his new charges, in addition to the $150,000 for his Missoula County case.

According to charging documents:

Shortly after 10 a.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department received a call from a man who said his daughter had been left in West Yellowstone by Berger, her ex-boyfriend.

Police contacted the woman, who said Berger had picked her up in Missoula and drove her to West Yellowstone. While they were at a friend’s house, the woman said she got into a heated argument with Berger and left.

A record check showed that Berger had a $150,000 warrant out of Missoula County, issued on Sept. 15, for criminal contempt.

Officers saw Berger leaving his friend’s apartment, putting stolen license plates onto the vehicle he was driving.

Law enforcement from the West Yellowstone Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Yellowstone National Park Service made a traffic stop east of the intersection of Yellowstone Avenue and Iris Street.

After stopping for a few seconds, Berger reportedly accelerated and drove off the road through an open field, driving across multiple streets, through the parking lot of Town Hall and the Hebgen Basin Fire Department, almost striking a National Park Service patrol car.

Berger then hit an FWP patrol truck driven by a game warden. Berger’s car was disabled and he was taken out of the vehicle and into custody.

During a search of Berger’s car, investigators found a bag containing multiple prescription pills.

No one was hurt during the pursuit, the West Yellowstone Police Department wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

During Berger’s court appearance Friday, Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Jordan Salo requested the $75,000 bail, noting that Berger has pending cases in Missoula and Butte for felony charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Berger is also currently on probation for a felony theft conviction in North Dakota, Salo added.

Defense attorney Matt Enrooth asked for a $25,000 bail, saying Berger already had several other large bonds on him in his other felony cases.

According to an April story in the Missoulian, Berger was captured in North Dakota after fleeing following his release from jail on felony theft and burglary charge four months prior.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.

Whitney Bermes covers cops and courts for the Chronicle.

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