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Deputies arrest juvenile driver attempting to ‘scare’ other drivers with reckless behavior

A vehicle crashed after the juvenile driver led Laramie County Sheriff's Office deputies on a 2-mile chase Nov. 19, 2023. (Laramie County Sheriff's Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A juvenile driver is facing multiple charges after leading Laramie County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase that ended with a crash Nov. 19.

The driver, whose identity has not been released, is charged with aggravated fleeing/eluding, property damage, restricted license, reckless endangering, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, headlight requirements and tail light requirements.

The sheriff’s office said a deputy saw the passenger vehicle speeding west on West College Drive with no lights on just before midnight Nov. 19. the deputy caught up to the vehicle and tried to stop it. The driver refused to stop, and led the deputy on a 2-mile chase that ended when the vehicle crashed in the Bar X area of West College Drive, a news release states.

Three juvenile occupants were detained. A medical evaluation determined there were no major injuries sustained in the crash, the release states.

Parents of the juveniles were notified and responded to the scene. During interviews, it was determined the driver had been driving around Cheyenne and Laramie County at high rates of speed with no lights on to “scare” other cars.

The passengers were released to their respective parents.

The driver was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for medical clearance. He was then booked into the Laramie County Juvenile Services Center.

“This incident could have been a real tragedy. We all need to talk with our young drivers about the dangers of driving recklessly and remind them that running for law enforcement will only make a bad situation worse,” the sheriff’s office release states.