CASPER, Wyo. — Two suspects were taken into custody by the Wyoming Highway Patrol and have been recommended for multiple charges after troopers say the pair were involved in a highway chase near Cheyenne.
According to a statement from the WHP, the pursuit began July 29, 2021, just before 11:15 a.m. The statement says that troopers were notified of a suspect vehicle out of Nebraska that was possibly traveling to Wyoming. The WHP says the persons in the vehicle were wanted in connection with an alleged felony theft in Nebraska.
Troopers say they observed the car near milepost 391 on Interstate 80, east of Cheyenne.
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“Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield. The driver of the stolen vehicle fled west from the trooper on Interstate 80 at speeds over 100 mph,” WHP reported on social media Thursday afternoon. “The pursuit exited at Exit 386 near the Antelope Truck Stop before going off-road and through an adjacent pasture.”
Officials accuse the suspect vehicle of driving through several right-of-way fences before entering Highway 213 and driving north towards the Wyoming community of Burns.
“The vehicle exited the road just south of Burns before coming to a stop. The occupants exited the car and fled on foot,” WHP said.
During the event, the WHP advised via social media that citizens and travelers around Burns avoid the area during the search for the suspects. The driver, identified as 33-year-old Charles M. Carsten, was reportedly found “in a tree” and was taken into custody without further incident.
A female passenger, identified as 36-year-old Claudia M. Galvan, was found lying in an adjacent field and also taken into custody.
Both suspects were described as Cheyenne residents.
Carsten was recommended for charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Driving While Under the Influence, Eluding, Reckless Driving, and Speeding. The WHP says that he also faces other undisclosed traffic-related offenses.
Galvan has been recommended for a charge of Interference with a Peace Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and was also arrested on a warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support.
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.