When to chase? Questions arise after high-speed pursuits through Missoula

A few more steps on March 13 and Candice Mancini would have been hit by the black SUV barreling through downtown Missoula, its driver intent on eluding the fleet of police hot on his tail.

Mancini and another group of pedestrians made it safely to the sidewalk and watched in horror as the SUV, driven by fugitive Jon Ryan Fischer, 42, swerved to avoid a cyclist and another car at the intersection of Higgins Avenue and Broadway.