Saturday evening, Aug. 25, a Wyoming Trooper was assisted by Idaho law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions who eventually arrested a 17 year-old juvenile run-away. The juvenile was driving a stolen vehicle taken from a job site in Green River. “The Wyoming Trooper observed the stolen vehicle, a 2006 Chrysler 300, on the western outskirts of Kemmerer on US 30 and initiated a traffic stop with it just before 11 p.m.,” said Sgt. Stephen Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. “The driver of the vehicle did stop and when the Trooper approached the vehicle it took off reaching speeds of 120 mph.”
According to information provided by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the driver of the stolen vehicle “continued for approximately 54 miles with the Wyoming Trooper in pursuit.”
“Just before crossing into the neighboring State of Idaho on US 89 at Border Junction the driver stopped the vehicle once again just prior to entering a construction zone,” said Townsend. “The Trooper exited his vehicle and ordered the driver to exit the vehicle. Once again the driver took off at high speed and crossed the State Line headed for Montpelier.”
According to information provided by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the Idaho State Patrol was notified of the pursuit and assistance was requested. A Bear Lake County, Idaho deputy as well as police officers from Montpelier responded.
“The chase continued into Caribou County and Bannock County Idaho whereupon Idaho law enforcement officers took over the pursuit,” said Townsend. “Eventually, Officers from the Soda Springs, Idaho Police Department successfully spiked the tires of the stolen vehicle thus ending the late night pursuit and the juvenile driver was taken into custody. He remains in a detention facility in Idaho at this time. He faces numerous charges in Wyoming stemming from the chase to include the felony charge of larceny of a vehicle, eluding, no driver’s license, reckless driving, interference with a peace officer and reckless endangerment.”
No other vehicles were damaged during the 100 mile chase, which lasted for just a little over one hour.
The name of the juvenile has not been released.