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Wyoming Highway Patrol pursues stolen vehicle near Laramie, apprehends suspects near Cheyenne

(File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo ,Cap City)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Multiple people are in custody after the Wyoming Highway Patrol pursued a stolen vehicle at high speeds across county lines Friday morning, according to a WHP release.

The pursuit began around 7:43 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, after troopers were notified of a stranded motorist out of fuel on US 287 south of Laramie. 

While a roadside service refueled the vehicle, troopers learned the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Colorado.

As troopers approached to re-engage, the driver fled, WHP said.

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The chase proceeded north on US 287 and into Laramie, where troopers lost sight of the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was spotted driving recklessly through the city of Laramie and then observed entering the interstate. WHP troopers began to pursue the car again as the vehicle’s driver fled east toward Cheyenne. 

The pursuit exited onto Happy Jack Road and continued toward Cheyenne. WHP troopers attempted to deploy spike strips to deflate the vehicle’s tires, but the driver drove off the road to avoid them, the WHP said.

The car was partially disabled after going over a small embankment, but the driver attempted to drive off again. 

As the car started moving east on Happy Jack Road, a trooper immediately performed a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver to stop the car, troopers said. 

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The suspect vehicle drove off the road and through a right-of-way fence before stopping. The occupants in the vehicle were taken into custody without further incident. 

The driver has been booked into the Albany County Detention Center on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, and attempting to elude a peace officer, according to the WHP.

The incident is still under investigation.

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