CASPER, Wyo. — Casper police say that a woman was taken into custody and is facing misdemeanor charges after attempting to flee the scene of a traffic stop. Damage was also done to the suspect’s vehicle after a police car lurched forward and struck the vehicle as the chase began.
Police say that on May 18, 2020, just after 9:15 pm, officers reported seeing a gold 2011 Chevy Malibu travelling near the intersection of Ash and CY. The vehicle reportedly made turns that officers noted as suspicious. The vehicle reportedly failed to signal several turns, and appeared to have expired registration tags.
Police initiated a stop on the vehicle. Eventually the suspect vehicle slowed and pulled over, police say that the suspect instantly opened the door to the vehicle. The suspect reportedly kicked off her sandals and began to run north on Ash Street and East on 7th.
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“[Officers] gave chase, however having exited the patrol vehicle so abruptly, failed to place the vehicle in park,” a Casper Police affidavit says. “Which rolled into the rear of [the suspect’s] vehicle while [officers]were chasing [the suspect] on foot.”
Officers say the collision resulted in “minor damages.”
Police caught up with the suspect approximately 3/4 of block away, near 7th and David.
The suspect was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center and booked on multiple misdemeanors, including interference, Possession of Methamphetamine, No Registration, and No Insurance. Because they have not been associated with a felony investigation, Oil City is not publishing the suspect’s name.
The damage caused to the suspect’s vehicle is being investigated by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
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 prosecuting entity.