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Spike strips deployed to stop speeding suspect in Wyoming chase

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CASPER, Wyo. —  An Idaho Falls, Idaho resident is in custody following a pursuit that took place Saturday morning, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol Officials.

Troopers say that a suspect identified as Idaho Falls resident Kenneth Jensen was arrested on March 21, 2020.  He faces recommended charges in Wyoming of eluding, reckless driving, speeding, and driving while under the influence. 

The pursuit reportedly started when a deputy within Bonneville County, Idaho, when an attempt to stop a 2016 Subaru WRX for speeding near Swan Valley, Idaho on US 26 was unsuccessful.

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The WHP statement says that the driver of the Subaru failed to stop and fled from the deputy.  The deputy pursued the Subaru for 15 miles but discontinued as the pursuit approached the Wyoming border.

“A few minutes later, a Lincoln County, Wyoming deputy observed the Subaru traveling 98 miles per hour south of Alpine, Wyoming on Highway 89, and attempted to stop the vehicle,” the Trooper release said.  “Again, the driver accelerated and fled from the deputy.”

A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was said to deploy spike strips to slowly flatten the car tires 10 miles from the second attempted stop.  The trooper was successful in deflating both driver side tires. 

“The Subaru continued a couple of miles before turning off into a rural dead-end subdivision.  The driver fled on foot across a snow-covered pasture and through a creek,” WHP officials said. “Troopers and deputies were able to take the driver into custody without further incident.”

Wyoming Highway Patrol says that Jensen will also be facing similar charges in Idaho, including domestic battery and violating a protection order from an incident before the pursuit.