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California man arrested after Wyoming chase exceeds 100 mph

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CASPER, Wyo. —  A suspect is in custody following a chase that led law enforcement from Gillette to just north of the Wyoming community of Douglas, Thursday.

Agencies involved in the pursuit reportedly included Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Gillette Police Department, Converse County Sheriff’s Department, and Douglas Police Department.

The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Lomita, California resident Jonathan David Suckow, by WHP officials.

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“The pursuit started when officers with the Gillette Police Department received a call of a subject impersonating a peace officer at a local gas station.  The reporting party saw the subject leave the area in a gray 2019 Ford Edge,” Wyoming Highway Patrol said Thursday. “Officers with the Gillette Police Department located the suspect vehicle and attempted a traffic stop.  The driver failed to stop and fled from the officers.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol was requested to assist the Gillette Police Department with the pursuit on Highway 50 as it left Gillette’s city limits.” 

WHP officials said, in a written statement, that the incident happened on Thursday, but did not give a specific time.

Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers report joining the chase near the community of Savageton, Wyoming. 

The pursuit continued south on Highway 50 with speeds allegedly exceeding one hundred miles per hour before heading eastbound on Highway 387 towards Wright. 

“At the intersection of Highway 387 and Wyoming 59, the driver drove south towards Douglas, Wyoming.  Attempts to deploy spike strips were initially unsuccessful by law enforcement involved in the pursuit,” WHP said. “Information was given to the Converse County Sheriff’s Office of the approaching vehicle pursuit.  Converse County Sheriff’s Deputies and WHP Troopers successfully deployed spike strips around milepost six on Wyoming 59.” 

The driver reportedly stopped the suspect vehicle for a short time but refused to exit the car. 

A short time later, the driver attempted to drive south a second time. 

“In the interest of public safety, a WHP trooper attempted a Tactical Vehicle Intervention maneuver to end the pursuit.  The suspect vehicle entered the barrow ditch before the driver tried to drive around law enforcement again to escape,” WHP said. “Due to the driver’s actions causing an imminent threat to law enforcement and public safety, a WHP trooper drove into the suspect vehicle, causing it to overturn.”      

The driver of the vehicle was not reportedly injured, was taken into custody without further reported incident, and was ultimately identified by WHP as Suckow. 

Suckow was charged with fleeing to elude, reckless driving, speed, and other traffic-related offenses.   Suckow could also be facing additional charges in Gillette.