Kinnear man took three law enforcement agencies on high speed chase Friday

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A high speed chase Friday morning that involved three different law enforcement agencies has resulted in charges to be filed against a 21-year-old Kinnear man, Matthew Smith.

According to a Riverton Police Department report, the incident began before 8 a.m. when a man described as Smith threw a rock through a window at a residence in the 800 block of Mary Ann Drive. The incident was reported to police and Smith allegedly fled the scene in a white Chevrolet club-cab pickup truck. After the report was made, Smith allegedly returned to the Mary Ann address and chucked another rock through a living room window.

At that point, Captain Eric Murphy said Riverton Police were advised that Smith had assaulted a 19-year-old female at the residence, allegedly choking her, biting her on the face and beating her up.

Armed with this information, and physical evidence at the scene, police put out an All Points Bulletin and an Attempt to Locate call.

RPD Captain C. T. Smith was in an unmarked vehicle on Pershing Avenue near North 8th West as the call came over the radio. He then realized he was following the suspect vehicle. Smith activated the unmarked vehicle’s emergency lights but the suspect would not stop. He turned on North 8th West to Sunset, where he turned left. The suspect then turned left again, on Major Avenue and as he approached Sunset, Another RPD officer in a marked patrol car came up and attempted to stop the fleeing truck. With lights and siren on, the suspect went to West Main and turned right, and ran the red light at College View Drive at a high rate of speed, at this point, the RPD terminated its pursuit of the vehicle. But just down the road a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper pickup up the chase as the vehicle zoomed past the WHP Riverton area headquarters. Fremont County Sheriff’s Department vehicles also joined the chase, as did patrol officers from the BIA Wind River Police Department.

Matthew Smith hit speeds upwards of 110 mph as he raced up Highway 26 through Kinnear, then he turned left onto the Blue Sky Highway and headed towards Ethete.

The BIA officers eventually got the vehicle stopped and Smith was taken into custody.

Murphy said Smith faces numerous charges in Riverton including Domestic Assault on the 19-year-old female victim, and charges relating to the chase and high speeds within the city limits.

The RPD Captain said the Kinnear man is also facing charges from the other agencies involved in the pursuit.

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Matthew Smith was booked into the Fremont County Detention Center for Driving Under the Influence, Eluding and a Fremont County Failure to Appear Warrant.

Calls to the WHP for additional details were not immediately returned. Information will be added when it becomes available.

One of the vehicles involved in the chase. (Ernie Over photo)

One of the vehicles, a BIA Wind River Police cruiser, involved in the chase. (Ernie Over photo)

 

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