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Suspect accused of stealing truck, fleeing officers, bailing out of moving vehicle

Jonathan E. Pitts (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A Casper man was arrested and recommended for charges by multiple law enforcement agencies, after it was alleged that he stole a vehicle and led police on a chase through the Town of Mills.

According to records from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Jonathan Pitts was booked into the Natrona County Detention Center on charges recommended by the NCSO for Interference with a Police Officer, Controlled Substance Possession, and Attempt to Elude.

Pitts was also booked on recommended charges of Property Destruction over $500, Larceny, and Grand Larceny.

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He was further booked into jail on a contract hold for the Mills Police Department.

An affidavit filed by the Casper Police Department also notes that the suspect was booked on a federal warrant for smuggling aliens.

Casper Police say they received a report of a stolen vehicle at approximately 3:16 pm, on Oct. 26, 2019.

The reporting party said that they had left their vehicle unoccupied and running, and the vehicle had been taken by unknown parties while the accuser was inside their home.

The alleged victim in the case did not see the suspect, but attempted to chase after the vehicle on foot, and reported they injured themselves while doing so.

While police began investigating security footage from the area, other officers reported that the stolen truck had been located and was involved in a pursuit.

Law enforcement personnel from the Town of Mills, the City of Casper, the NCSO, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol are said to have assisted in the chase.

The suspect allegedly led officers on a vehicle pursuit through a Mills neighborhood, running through at least one fence, before the the suspect is said to have leapt from the moving vehicle as it continued down the street.

The still moving truck continued from the area of Gardner Street, crossing East Highway Street, before rolling through a fence and over a fire hydrant, before finally resting in a parking lot on the 4200 block of West Yellowstone Highway.

The suspect, after bailing out of the moving truck, attempted to flee the area on foot, before being taken into custody, near the 4300 block of Chalmers.

The man taken into custody, identified as Pitts, was alleged to have tried to run inside a nearby residence. Pitts is also suspected of trying to draw a knife from his pocket when confronted by officers, and was reportedly subdued with use of a Taser.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the appropriate respective county and federal offices.