CASPER, Wyo. — Police say that a suspect was arrested after allegedly leading police on a chase on I-25, through central Casper and out to Hat Six Road in Natrona County, and back into Casper.
Officers note this is not the first time the suspect has been accused of fleeing police in a vehicle.
48-year-old Ronald Bryan Everly was arrested during the early morning hours of December 9, 2019. At an initial appearance the following afternoon, Everly was charged with Aggravated Eluding, Reckless Driving, Interference, and Driving Under Suspension.
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Court documents in the case show that Everly was being held Tuesday morning at the Natrona County Detention Center on a $3,000 bond.
The Natrona County Circuit Court Appearance came after officers accused Everly of leading Casper and Evansville Police on a chase that ended at a Casper apartment complex.
An affidavit filed in the case says that Casper PD officers were on patrol in the area of East K and North Center Streets in Casper, at approximately 2:30 am, December 9. During that patrol, officers report observing a Pontiac Grand Prix that failed to come to a stop at a stop-sign-controlled intersection near North Wolcott and East K Streets.
Police say they followed the vehicle and the driver failed to stop at a sign on K and Center streets, before turning southbound on Center. Officers report activating their emergency lights near the intersection of North Center and H Streets, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The Grand Prix reportedly continued up to the southbound on-ramp of Interstate 25, without yielding.
Officers described road conditions at the time as being poor, and a posted speed limit with flashing lights was at 45 mph. The affidavit reports that despite this, the Grand Prix continued accelerating through Casper on I-25.
Officers say that they followed the vehicle, with lights and sirens active, but were unable to safely keep in close proximity and followed the vehicle at a distance.
“Due to the highway being virtually devoid of other traffic, [officers] elected to continue the pursuit,” police write in the affidavit of probable cause, filed with Circuit Court. “Once the vehicle passed the S Curves, in the area of I-25 and Beverly, it continued to accelerate.”
Officers estimated the suspect vehicle was travelling at speeds of approximately 90 mph.
The suspect vehicle was reported to take the Hat Six Road off-ramp in Natrona County, east of Casper, turning southbound, before turning westbound on East 2nd Street. Officers say the vehicle then turned into an apartment complex on Granite Peak Drive.
Law enforcement found the vehicle parked at the apartment complex, in a car port near a public use automobile vacuum cleaner, but the suspect was not located inside.
Police say they were able to follow footprints in the snow, North through the apartment complex, and into a field towards I-25.
The affidavit describes officers following the suspect on foot, crossing the interstate, as continuing north through empty fields and a creek draw. Other officers with Casper PD and Evansville PD joined the foot chase from the west, and were able to head the suspect off.
The suspect, later identified as Everly, was taken to the ground by arresting officers, and was said to have initially refused to physically cooperate. It was further reported that when asked for his name, the suspect cursed at officers and told him his name was “Daddy.”
Police say that, in the empty field, they attempted to walk Everly approximately 200 yards to an adjacent parking lot. The affidavit describes that the suspect was initially uncooperative and had to be carried briefly. The suspect then was reported to begin cooperating towards the end of the walk.
Everly was ultimately identified by police, and a review of his criminal history showed Everly has having a prior conviction in August of 2019 for eluding, and he was currently on probation in that case. It is further said that Everly’s license was found to be suspended.
The suspect was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.
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 Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.