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UPDATE: Suspects Lead Wyoming Authorities on High-Speed Chase Down Interstate 80

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UPDATE: Here is the official Highway Patrol account ot today’s chase…

The Wyoming Highway Patrol, with assistance from Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department and Rock Springs City Police Department were involved with a high speed chase on Interstate 80 this morning.  The chase began near Walcott Junction at about milepost 224 westbound.  A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper pulled the vehicle over for a traffic stop when the Trooper suspected the vehicle may contain a controlled substance and called for a K-9 unit.  A K-9 unit gave the Troopers a positive alert for illegal substances.  When the Trooper proceeded to ask the occupants to get out of the vehicle, the driver drove away westbound.  A high speed chase followed, with speeds reaching120 mph. The vehicle came to a stop around milepost 133 near the parking area, possibly due to running out of gas.  

No injuries were reported, and the driver is in custody.  There was an additional female passenger, no relation to the driver.  There were also two small children in the vehicle as well.   The incident is still under investigation.  


At least one person is in custody following the conclusion of a high-speed chase which reportedly spanned over 100 miles on Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming.

Authorities thus far have not confirmed details, but eyewitnesses and WyoRadio’s Tracie Perkins say the pursuit began between Laramie and Rawlins, then continued into Rock Springs.

Four people were reported to be in the SUV; two of them, young children.

The vehicle reportedly ran out of gas near mile post 132. A woman and two children were out of the vehicle at that point, while a male driver allegedly led authorities on a foot pursuit.

As the pursuit went through Rawlins, speeds were reported to be roughly 130 mph.

The pursuit ended shortly after 11 a.m.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is reported to be the agency in charge of the investigation. They were reportedly assisted by the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities have not yet provided a final report on the chase. This story will be updated when further details are released.

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