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By Ed Moreth 

Stolen car flips into Clark Fork River


October 10, 2019

The Montana Highway Patrol is looking for a person who drove a vehicle through a guardrail at the Sanders County Fairgrounds bridge early Saturday morning.

A passerby motorist discovered the car, a Chevy Cavalier 2-door sedan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Saturday, and called 911 to report the accident, but there was no sign of the driver, said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Zach Rehbein. He believes the accident took place between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Raige Steinebach, the car owner, reported the vehicle stolen that morning when he was about to depart for work and found it gone.

Rehbein said the car was traveling from the southwest on River Road when it went off the road, hit a group of large rocks and the guardrail, then went over the side, down the embankment sideways and landed in a couple feet of the Clark Fork River. The car came to a stop on its roof. There was no damage to the bridge. Plains Community Ambulance was dispatched to the scene as a precaution and Valley Towing retrieved the vehicle.

Rehbein said blood was found on the deployed airbag and the steering wheel. Drugs were found in the vehicle, but the trooper didn’t say whether they were legal or not. He believes the car was totaled.

Anyone with information to the identity of the driver can call the Montana Highway Patrol dispatch at (406) 841-7000.


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