(Riverton, Wyo.) – The driver in last night’s high speed chase, which began outside of Thermopolis and ended with a wreck in Riverton, has been identified as Jamie Cleghorn.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Adams said Cleghorn is a 34-year-old white female of unknown residence. Her last known residence was in Alabama.
Adams said after she avoided six spike strips between Thermopolis and Riverton, and winding through the town, Cleghorn was westbound on Highway 26.
A blue Jeep with three Riverton residents inside moved to the outside lane when the driver saw emergency lights coming from behind, Adams said. He said Cleghorn’s Chevy Silverado was also in the outside lane. Cleghorn then reportedly side-swiped the Jeep, lost control, crossed all lanes of travel and crashed into a power pole and gas meter.
None of the Jeeps’ passengers were injured. Cleghorn was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital and later life-flighted to Salt Lake City. Her status and the extent of her injuries were unknown to Adams this morning.
He said Cleghorn has “numerous felony warrants from numerous jurisdictions and states.”
Cleghorn faces dozens of felonies and misdemeanors in the States of Utah and Wyoming. She is accused of stealing the identities of people, manufacturing other identities, passing counterfeit money, possessing drugs, child abuse and giving pornography to children under the age of 10.
Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said the woman was throwing objects out of her vehicle along the chase route, including a plastic tub of what is believed to be counterfeit money and checks. “People were collecting the evidence and bringing them to our office,” Murphy said.
Adams confirmed that there was additional evidence collected at the scene.
Beyond her warrants, additional charges are pending from the WHP related to the chase through the Fremont County Attorney’s Office.
Noting public concern about chases in populated areas, Adams said the WHP does not have a no chase policy. “We try to be safe,” he said. Adams said he was thankful no one other than Cleghorn was injured in the chase.
WHP’s policy allows troopers to drop chases if they perceive a danger to the public unless the suspect is a known felon and help in front of the chase is limited. At that point, the must proceed with the chase in a cautious manner.
Read additional information about the chase here.