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Authorities report two separate stolen vehicle incidents across Wyoming Thursday; both drivers in custody

(Wyoming Highway Patrol)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Highway Patrol said in a Thursday news release that it had taken two suspects into custody as the result of two separate alleged stolen vehicle incidents occurring within hours of each other across the state.

The pursuits first occurred Thursday morning near Cheyenne and Rawlins, the release noted, and the chases are not listed as being related. Both drivers involved have since been charged with stolen vehicles, attempting to elude police officers and “other traffic-related charges,” the department said.

The first incident occurred at about 7:35 a.m. north of Cheyenne on Interstate 25, where a chase was initiated after a trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle for alleged speeding. The pursuit continued into Chugwater in Platte County before the suspect went south onto Iron Mountain Road away from the town, eventually overturning the vehicle and being taken into custody following a brief foot pursuit.

Less than two hours later, at 9:30 a.m., troopers were notified of an alleged stolen vehicle west of Rawlins traveling on I-80, with the driver allegedly failing to stop after troopers attempted to stop the vehicle. A pursuing trooper later purposely spun the vehicle out at around milepost 127 on the highway in Sweetwater County. The male driver was then taken into custody without further incident, the release stated.


Both incidents remain under investigation.