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Suspect in I-80 chase identified

Garrett Maheu (courtesy of the Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office)

CASPER, Wyo. —The Sweetwater Sheriff’s Office says that they have arrested a suspect that is alleged to have led law enforcement on an 1-80 chase

Sweetwater County officials say that on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at approximately 5:30 am, Sweetwater sheriff’s deputies and troopers from the Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to the area of Highway 191 South and Interstate 80 to assist officers from the Rock Springs Police Department in stopping a vehicle actively attempting to elude police.

The SCSO says that minutes later, deputies located the suspect vehicle, identified as a white Ford panel van, near the Exit 99 westbound onramp of I-80

After pursuing the vehicle westbound on the interstate between Rock Springs and Green River, the van’s driver reversed course, crossing the median at approximately mile marker 93 before exiting the interstate at approximately mile marker 104.

Law enforcement authorities ultimately terminated the pursuit after the suspect vehicle exited the interstate and entered residential neighborhoods in Rock Springs.

The pursuit suspect, identified as Garrett Wayne Maheu, 29, of Rock Springs, was later arrested on unrelated charges.

Yesterday, on Thurs., Oct. 31, 2019, Maheu was formally charged during an initial appearance in Sweetwater County Circuit Court on ten different criminal counts related to an alleged crime spree leading up to the Oct. 1 pursuit with local
law enforcement.

Maheu’s charges include: two counts of burglary, one count of felony theft, one count of possession of burglar’s tools, two counts of interference with a peace officer, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, one count of reckless driving, one count of criminal trespass and one count of use of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Taken together on all charges, Maheu could face up to 40 years in prison under Wyoming law if convicted.

Maheu’s bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety, and he remains in custody at Sweetwater County Detention Center.

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in accordance with law.