CASPER, Wyo — A Cheyenne man is in custody following a pursuit on Interstate 25 that early Monday morning, March 1, according to a Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) release.
The driver, identified by WHP as 33-year-old Nickolas David Jones, was subsequently charged with:
- fleeing to elude
- interference with a peace officer
- careless driving
- driving without lighted lamps
- driving a vehicle with metal rims in contact with the roadway
- driving without a seatbelt
- driving the wrong way on the interstate
Troopers were notified of an erratic driver around 12:04 a.m, the complainant adding that the driver was flashing the vehicle’s headlights on and off.
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“As units were responding, a second call reported the car had possibly crashed,” WHP said.
Trooper spotted the vehicle, a 2014 Subaru, and tried to stop it south of the Port of Entry on Interstate 25 in Laramie County. The driver initially fled south before crossing the interstate and driving northbound.
Troopers said the driver displayed reckless behavior by driving with no headlights on, entering opposite travel lanes, and “vacating the driver’s seat by crawling into the backseat while the vehicle was still moving.”
“The driver continued to elude law enforcement officers even after several attempts to perform Tactical Vehicle Intervention maneuvers and use of spike strips. The pursuit changed travel direction multiple times on the interstate, and the driver continued to exhibit erratic behavior, causing imminent danger to the public.
Law enforcement units were able to pin the car to the side of the road as the driver started driving southbound in the northbound lanes towards stopped traffic near milepost 15.
One stopped, the driver failed to comply with orders from the troopers, who then used less than lethal force to take the driver into custody, WHP said.
It was then discovered that the driver had self-inflicted cuts on his arm, and Troopers administered first aid to control the bleeding on the driver’s arms before transporting him to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
The Cheyenne Police Department and Laramie County Sheriff’s Department assisted with this incident, said WHP Sergeant Jeremy Beck.