(Riverton, Wyo.) – The 163 mile-long vehicle chase that started in Riverton Tuesday afternoon and ended near Elk Mountain several hours later began as a suspicious vehicle call from Apache Avenue in the All Nations Mobile Home Park. Police Captain Eric Murphy said a caller reported a dark gray Dodge Charger with Maryland license plates was possible involved in a drug deal there. When the license plate check came back as a stolen vehicle, officers began heading in that direction.
An off duty Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Detective heard the call and notified police he saw the vehicle enter the Dickinson Trailer Park. A plain clothes Riverton detective came up behind the vehicle and when Dan Ladd got out of his vehicle pointing his weapon at the car, the two occupants originally put their hands outside of the vehicles windows in the air. When he began to approach, the driver pulled his hands in and sped away. The chase was on.
Riverton Police Chief Mike Broadhead was in position and saw the vehicle speeding north on North Federal and he fell in behind in pursuit with speeds reaching 85 mph north of Walmart. The suspect turned right on Honor Farm and then right on Smith Road. When the vehicle turned west on Monroe, Broadhead ordered the pusuit halted because the vehicle was headed toward the South Federal construction zone and there were numerous motorists heading to the polling place at the County Fairgrounds.
The suspect turned south on Federal and that’s when the Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Undersheriff took up the pursuit.
Broadhead and Captain Eric Murphy suggested the suspect may have been involved in high speed chases before because of his actions behind the wheel. Broadhead said when he put eyes on the driver, the suspect appeared to be very calm. The suspect’s actions of driving into the opposite lane of travel and forcing other vehicles off of the highway was an apparent tactic to get law enforcement to pull back, which did occur several times during the chase. “He apparently knew that law enforcement would not endanger other traffic and that is why we think that’s what his motive was,” Murphy said, “but that’s just our speculation.
Read more about how the chase ended here. Ultimately, 25-year-old Martin Anderson of Peyton, Colo., and a juvenile male were taken into custody.
Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said multiple charges are pending against Anderson. “A factual report of the events will be filed with the Prosecutor’s Office this week,” he said. “I would assume Fremont County will end up with the suspect after his criminal charges in Carbon County are finished.”