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Transient man leads deputies on chase, faces felony motor vehicle theft charge

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A 38-year-old transient Cheyenne man is facing multiple charges, including felony motor vehicle theft, after leading Laramie County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase Nov. 19.

Adam Cole Ruhaak is also charged with misdemeanor counts of fleeing/eluding, interference with a peace officer without injury, criminal entry and suspended driver’s license. He was also arrested on a failure to appear warrant.

Deputies say they were called to a stolen vehicle on the 2700 block of East 12th Street. While the vehicle initially stopped for a deputy, it took off before other law enforcement could arrive. Ruhaak was identified as the driver.

According to a booking sheet, Ruhaak drove a few blocks before ditching the vehicle on the 1100 block of Johnson Avenue. He then ran from deputies through a business on the 2700 block of East 12th Street, and he did not have permission to be there. As he ran through the business, he knocked things over and broke a few items, deputies said.

In his attempt to elude deputies, he jumped over fences and hid in yards. Another deputy spotted Ruhaak just west of the business he ran through. As Ruhaak tried to run through another backyard, he was caught by other officers, the document states.

Ruhaak was taken to the Laramie County Detention Center, where he was booked on the new charges and his warrant. The warrant was issued for failure to appear for sentencing on an original charge of criminal entry.