Chase update: Driver in custody after chase ends on I-80; Undersheriff discusses origins of the pursuit
UPDATE at 4:45 Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee has confirmed that there was no child passenger in the vehicle. There was a second adult in the vehicle, but additional information about either suspects has yet to be released.
UPDATE at 4 p.m. Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee tells County10 that the chase began with a suspicious vehicle report in the Riverton area. Vehicle information provided to Fremont county Dispatch indicated that the Dodge Charger had been reported stolen. Lee said deputies and Riverton Police encountered the vehicle on Webbwood Road, where it attempted to ram two deputy sheriffs’ vehicles.
Lee said that’s when the pursuit began traveling north out of Riverton, through the outskirts of town, ultimately heading out on Sand Draw Highway and maintaining speeds of 100 to 130 mph.
“He attempted to run multiple vehicles off the road head on,” Lee said. Wyoming Highway Patrol joined the pursuit at Sweetwater Station and around Muddy Gap, the Sheriff’s Office withdrew from the search.
While radio traffic indicated there might have been a child passenger, Lee could not confirm that fact. The chase ended on I-80 east of Sinclair. Radio traffic indicates two subjects were taken into custody.
UPDATE at 3:24 p.m. According to an initial report, the suspect in the fleeing stolen vehicle has been apprehended on Interstate 80 near Rawlins. More details when avilable.
UPDATE: The fleeing vehicle struck a Wyoming State Trooper Patrol vehicle just north of Rawlins, but continued into town. Troopers believe the vehicle may have run over spike strips.
UPDATE: Pursuing law enforcement are increasing the distance between them and the suspect vehicle due to the erratic nature of the driving.
UPDATE: Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is calling most of its units off, turning it over to Wyoming Highway Patrol and Carbon County units.
(Jeffrey City, Wyo.) – A stolen 2013 Dodge Charger is leading law enforcement on a high speed chase towards Sweetwater Station at speeds of up to 135 mph. According to radio traffic the driver of the Charger is now headed southbound toward Rawlins after turning at Muddy Gap. The driver reportedly has a child passenger and has reportedly repeatedly swerved into on-coming traffic. The car has successfully avoided at least one spike strip.
Law enforcement agencies from Carbon and Natrona Counties have been advised to attempt to intercept the vehicle. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is also involved.
The chase began in Riverton on the Honor Farm Road, proceeded south on Smith Road, West on Monroe, south on Federal, east on the Gas Hills Road and south on the highway to Sweetwater Station. Circumstances surrounding the start of the chase are unknown at this time.