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Details emerge in last Thursday’s high-speed pursuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. —  A 20-year old man was arrested by the Cheyenne Police Department last week after he allegedly led officers on a high-speed pursuit through the center of Cheyenne.

According to court documents, Dawson Dixon made his initial appearance in Laramie County Court on Friday, June 12th, 2020, to hear the recommended felony charge of Receiving Stolen Property and the misdemeanor charges of DUI, Reckless Driving, Driving Under Suspension, and Eluding read to him.

Officials with the Cheyenne Police Department say an officer was dispatched during the early morning hours of June 11th, 2020 to investigate a report of an intoxicated driver at Yellowstone and Central Avenue that was last seen moving toward 8th Avenue.

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The officer went on to say that they located the suspect vehicle, a 2007 Silver GMC Yukon, parked perpendicular in the middle of the road between Evans and 8th Avenue.

“I activated my overhead lights in an attempt to perform a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The vehicle began to back up, then turned around and attempted to flee and elude officers, westbound on 8th Avenue,” the officer stated in an affidavit filed in the case.

Law enforcement says that the suspect, later identified as Dixon, attempted to elude officers by driving the wrong way down Warren before entering into a residential area, where it is alleged that he was driving at speeds in excess of 80 mph.

According to the affidavit, Dixon eventually led the pursuit into the downtown area of Cheyenne where it is reported that he almost hit a Laramie County Sheriff Department Vehicle.

The Cheyenne Police Department advised that spike strips were deployed during the pursuit, which caused one of the vehicle’s tires to deflate.

Court papers go on to report that the pursuit ended when Dixon’s vehicle became high-centered after attempting to cross the railroad tracks near 15th Street and Bent Avenue.

“Although Dixon was stuck, he continued to accelerate his vehicle, the tires of the vehicle were spinning on the ground while he was trying to get unstuck, causing smoke to surround the vehicle, until it stopped working,” the officer said.

Authorities say that during the subsequent investigation it was discovered that the vehicle Dixon was operating had been reported stolen in Colorado. The estimated price of the vehicle was listed as $15,000.

Image Courtesy of the Cheyenne Police Department, Facebook

Law enforcement also reports that Dixon was driving under a revoked license out of Colorado.

During his appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court, Dixon was given a cash bond of $10,000.

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 Laramie County District Attorney’s Office. Information is provided by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office.