Earlier today, the Wyoming Highway Patrol arrested a Sheridan, Wyoming man following a high speed pursuit that resulted in a rollover. Thanks to some quick thinking by a witness on scene, we can share a video of the pursuit with our readers. The witness, Sheridan College Rodeo Coach Marc Gilkerson told Oil City News that he “drove by the Sheridan officers laying the tire strips out and figured out what was going on.”
According the to narrative provided by WHP, the pursuit started when officers with the Sheridan Police Department attempted to stop a 2007 Chrysler Sebring that was allegedly traveling twice the speed limit. The driver of the Chrysler failed to stop and fled from the officers.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol was asked by the Sheridan Police Department to assist with the pursuit. Troopers joining the pursuit on Highway 87 allege the driver of the Chrysler attempted to hit other law enforcement with his vehicle. Due to public safety concerns, the decision was made to attempt a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) maneuver to end the pursuit. The TVI maneuver was attempted before the pursuit reached a busy intersection. The vehicle exited the roadway and overturned.
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The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody. He has been identified as 54-year-old Sheridan, Wyoming resident Johnny J. Johnson. Johnson was not wearing his seatbelt and received minor injuries in the crash.
Johnson was charged with aggravated assault, driving while under the influence, fleeing to elude, reckless driving, speed, and other traffic-related offenses.
Due to the nature of the incident, the Division of Criminal Investigation has been called in to conduct an external investigation on this 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 local authorities.