CASPER, Wyo. — Paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court has given details about a chase involving Evansville Police and a suspect on a motorcycle. The suspect is said to have reached estimated speeds of 120 miles during the chase through residential streets.
An affidavit filed by the Evansville PD says that officers were working patrol near the 1100 block of Oildale Road in Evansville on July 17, just before 2:00 a.m. Officers say they observed a person on a motorcycle in the area who matched the description of a suspect who had fled Casper Police officers twice earlier in the evening.
The suspect has been charged with Eluding Police Officers, Reckless Driving, Driving Under Suspension, Improper Registration, Fail to Stop at a Stop Sign, Failure to Stop at a Red Light, and Speeding 100 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. All of the charges represent misdemeanors.
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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 Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.
EPD officers say that they were in patrol units and attempted to make contact with the rider on Evansville’s Western Street, but that the rider began to accelerate away from police, exceeding a posted 20-mph speed limit. It is then reported that police activated emergency lights, but the suspect continued riding and rode through a posted stop sign.
The chase continued onto northbound Western Street in Evansville and then to Highway 20-26, with officers noting that the rider was traveling above a posted 40-mph speed limit on that roadway.
Police report that when approaching the intersection of Curtis Street and Highway 20-26, the suspect motorcycle was traveling at an estimated 90 mph.
“As [the suspect] approaced Curtis Street on Highway 20-26, he proceeded through the blinking red traffic signal without stopping, while applying heavy brakes, sliding into oncoming lanes, while attempting to turn southbound onto Curtis Street,” Evansville PD writes in an affidavit of probable cause. The motorcycle is said to have then accelerated away from officers southbound on Curtis.
The chase continued under the I-25 overpass and from Curtis Street in Evansville to Wyoming Boulevard in Casper, past Gannett Street.
“At this time [officers were] exceeding 100 mph and [the suspect] was still pulling away,” Evansville PD says in their affidavit, explaining that police estimated the motorcycles speed in excess of 120 mph.
The suspect is then said to have applied “heavy brakes” while approaching the intersection of Carriage Lane and Wyoming Boulevard, attempting to turn Westbound onto Carriage Lane. Officers report that during this time the motorcycle was traveling at a very low speed and the rider had trouble keeping the vehicle upright.
Evansville Police cruisers were said to have been able to get in front of the suspect, which caused the suspect to lose control of the motorcycle, which fell over on its side.
The affidavit goes on to say that officers exited their patrol vehicle and drew their duty weapons, holding the suspect at gunpoint, and the suspect reportedly complied with officers and was taken into custody.