Montana resident arrested after fleeing WHP Monday

(Sweetwater County, WY) – 37-year-old Helena, Montana resident Michael R. Harriell led Wyoming Highway Patrol on an I-80 pursuit Monday afternoon.

According to the WHP release, he drove around a road closure gate and headed eastbound toward Wamsutter at speeds near 100 mph.

Harriell crossed into opposite lanes of travel for a brief time before exiting the roadway. 


He continued to evade law enforcement – driving upon oilfield roads, two tracks, and through the desert north of Wamsutter. 

The pursuit changed travel direction multiple times before the vehicle became stuck in a snowbank. Harriell was taken into custody without further incident. 

He was charged with fleeing to elude, property damage, reckless driving, reckless endangering, driving on a closed road, and speeding. 

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department assisted with this incident.  

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