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2 face felony drug charges after Wyoming Highway Patrol pursuit

File; Trevor T. Trujillo (Oil City News )

CASPER, Wyo. — Two New Mexico residents are facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges after they were taken into custody Tuesday following a pursuit, the Wyoming Highway Patrol reported today.

The suspects have been identified as 36-year-old Michael P. Romero, 36-year-old Diana B. Ray, and a 16-year-old juvenile, all from New Mexico. Romero and Ray were booked into the Carbon County Detention Center for felony possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl and misdemeanor possession of psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana. Romero also had an active warrant out of New Mexico for failure to comply and received charges for eluding.

Shortly after 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, patrol troopers tried to stop a 2005 Chrysler 300 for speeding on Interstate 80 west of Elk Mountain, a news release states. The Chrysler entered a construction zone, and as the trooper caught up to it, the driver moved into the closed lane, according to the highway patrol.

The patrol said the driver exited into the Elk Mountain area, where the Chrysler started traveling on dirt roads toward Medicine Bow Forest, the release states.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol, Carbon County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Bureau of Land Management Rangers began to search for the vehicle, according to the release.

Local ranchers contacted an off-duty trooper who responded to the area and found the car at a nearby ranch. The trooper relayed the location to the responding law enforcement, the release states. The pursuing law enforcement found the vehicle, and a brief chase began. The car became disabled due to the driver’s actions a short time later, and two adult occupants and one juvenile occupant in the vehicle were taken into custody without further incident, according to the highway patrol.