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Monday highway chase ends near Sheridan

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On Monday, July 20, 2020, a Sheridan, Wyoming resident reportedly led Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers and Sheridan County Deputies on a pursuit east of the community of Sheridan, Wyoming.  

According to a Tuesday statement from WHP, the pursuit began after officers were called to the Sheridan Wal-Mart to take a report of an assault. 

“Officers with the Sheridan Police Department were able to locate the suspect vehicle, a 2002 Jeep, as it was leaving.  The driver of the Jeep failed to stop for officers and fled east on Wyoming 336,” Troopers say.

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WHP and Sheridan County Deputies responded east on Wyoming 336 to check for the suspect vehicle a short time later.  Deputies spotted the vehicle traveling at 100 mph headed west on Wyoming 336 towards Sheridan. 

“Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle a second time, but the driver failed to stop.  WHP Troopers were able to successfully deploy spike strips to deflate the suspect vehicle’s tires around milepost one on Wyoming 336,” WHP said. 

The suspect vehicle continued to drive on deflated tires towards the city limits of Sheridan. 

A WHP Trooper behind the suspect vehicle, reportedly noticed children in the area of the pursuit. 

“Due to the extreme behavior of the suspect and imminent threat to public safety, the Trooper decided to end the pursuit by forcing his patrol vehicle into the suspect’s vehicle.  The vehicle was disabled a short distance later,” WHP says.  “Instead of [the suspect] exiting his vehicle as instructed, he made gestures with a knife, as if to harm himself.”

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 32-year-old Sheridan, Wyoming resident Cody A. Zack.  After talking with Zack for an extended time, law enforcement was able to take him into custody without further incident.  

Zack is facing multiple traffic charges, and numerous felony charges are reportedly pending.  

Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency investigating the incident.