- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The longtime chief of police in a Montana city has been fired.

Hungry Horse News reports (https://bit.ly/29hU0fr ) that 55-year-old Dave Perry confirmed Friday that he was fired after 20 years as the Columbia Falls police chief.

Perry says his termination is related to an inmate escape in May and that he plans to appeal the decision. He says his attorney advised him not to comment further.

City Manager Susan Nicosia says Perry was fired after a thorough investigation but would not provide details.

The May escape resulted in a chase by local authorities, U.S. Border Patrol and Montana Highway Patrol that lasted more than an hour. Perry drew criticism at the time for saying it wasn’t necessary to notify schools or residents of the escape.

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Information from: Hungry Horse News, https://www.hungryhorsenews.com

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