CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A man made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Monday, July 13th, 2020 to hear multiple charges read to him that related to an alleged high-speed pursuit he had with law enforcement earlier in July.
According to the Department of Criminal Investigations, otherwise known as DCI, on July 5th, 2020 a trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol attempted a traffic stop on a black 2017 Honda Civic that was traveling northbound on I-25.
The driver of the vehicle was later identified as Edward Maywald.
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DCI agents say that the Maywald failed to yield to the trooper’s flashing lights and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, it is alleged, that Maywald swerved and braked dramatically causing the pursuing patrol car to swerve to avoid a collision.
“As the pursuit continued,” DCI agents stated in a sworn affidavit, “Maywald braked his vehicle and the Trooper struck the rear of the Honda Civic and both vehicles came to rest.”
Authorities report that Maywald then exited the driver side of the vehicle and pointed an all-black airsoft or BB gun at the Trooper.
“After looking at the aforementioned airsoft/BB Gun and with my training and experience, the gun was almost indistinguishable in appearance from a genuine firearm,” the DCI agent reported in the affidavit.
Court papers say that the trooper fired multiple rounds at Maywald through the windshield of their patrol vehicle. After Maywald was not struck, the pursuit continued down I-25 at one point reaching speeds of 123 mph in a 65 mph construction zone.
DCI agents report that WHP troopers deployed spike strips to deflate the suspect vehicle tires which caused the Honda to come to a stop near Mile Marker 17 on I-25.
Mayfield, and a passenger were detained by law enforcement afterward without any further incident reported.
According to investigators, during a subsequent interview, Mayfield advised authorities that he attempted to elude the WHP trooper because of an outstanding warrant that was out for his arrest.
It is alleged that Maywald informed authorities that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day and that he had ingested Methamphetamine 2-3 days prior to the pursuit.
DCI goes on to say that Mayfield also indicated to law enforcement that he believed “a cop is a piece of s__t” and that he felt they should “all be killed,” other than those who were conducting the interview with him.
Mayfield identified a photograph of a black bb gun located by investigators as the one he pointed at the WHP trooper, according to obtained court paperwork.
During his appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court, Maywald was read the recommended felony chargesof Aggravated Assault – Threaten with Weapon, as well multiple misdemeanor charges of Eluding, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, and being under the influence of a Controlled Substance.
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.