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Suspect charged in May motorcycle pursuit and crash

Adam Wakefield (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo – A 37-year old man who was arrested by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office last May made an appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Monday, July 28th, 2020, to face two felony charges.

Adam Wakefield was read the felony counts of Aggravated Assault-Bodily Injury with Weapon and Eluding, by Judge Williams during his initial appearance in court, according to obtained legal papers. Wakefield was also read misdemeanor charges of Reckless Driving, Driving While Under Suspension, DUI and Failure to Maintain a Single Lane during the same proceedings.

An affidavit filed in the case says that on May 19th, 2020 a deputy with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, otherwise known as the LCSO, observed a male on a motorcycle fall over while riding on an I-80 service road. The motorcycle operator was later identified as Wakefield.

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The deputy reported that there was a passenger on the back of the motorcycle at the time it fell over.

According to court papers, the deputy then attempted to initiate a traffic stop with Wakefield.

“I approached the motorcycle in my marked patrol vehicle and activated my takedown lights. The driver of the motorcycle had just picked it up and was revving the engine, and began driving toward my patrol car,” the Deputy stated in the affidavit.

“The motorcycle struck my patrol vehicle in the driver’s side headlight and the driver fell against my vehicle.”

Court documents say that the deputy commanded Wakefield to get off the motorcycle, but he refused.

“Instead of getting off the motorcycle, the driver revved the engine again and drove toward where I was standing. The driver was looking right at me when he drove off, and he did now show intent to stop if I did not move,” the deputy went on to say.

The affidavit says another deputy pursed Wakefield at a “high rate of speed” westbound on the I-80 service road. It was reported that Wakefield attempted to cut through a field near the intersection of Campstool and Livingston Ave where he eventually crashed.

Authorities say that they were able to identify Wakefield after locating his driver’s license in the wreckage. Further investigation revealed that his license was suspended at the time of the incident.

According to the affidavit, the results of a legal blood draw from Wakefield indicated that his blood alcohol content was .25 while he was operating his motorcycle.

If convicted on all charges, Wakefield could face up to 17 years in prison and or a fine of over $16k.