- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 34-year-old Billings woman died after driving a pickup truck into the Yellowstone River while being followed by police.

Officers were pursuing the woman because the pickup was pulling a trailer that had been reported stolen in Laurel on Monday evening.

The woman got out of the pickup and tried to swim away. After about 400 yards she went under and officers never saw her come up.

The woman was unconscious when authorities pulled her from the river about 25 minutes after the pickup entered the water near Riverside Park. She was taken to the hospital when she was pronounced dead.

Yellowstone County Coroner Lt. Bill Jones says the woman’s name was being withheld until family members could be notified.

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