CASPER, Wyo. — A Bar Nunn resident has been charged with interference and eluding after allegedly speeding away from multiple officers before getting high-centered on a dirt mound.
In the early morning hours of July 28, a Casper police officer spotted a gold Cadillac known to be driven by a man with active warrants in the Blackmore area of east Casper, according to the affidavit.
The responding officer turned on his patrol lights and attempted to stop the car, at which point it quickly accelerated and sped off, according to an affidavit. The officer didn’t go after the vehicle.
A second officer was responding to the first when he saw the Cadillac heading north on Walsh Street. The officer turned on his patrol lights to attempt a pullover, but the Cadillac again accelerated and left. A third officer was driving south along the road when the Cadillac sped past. The third officer was able to confirm the man’s identity, but neither officer pursued him.
Officers saw the Cadillac shortly after driving toward a nearby hotel. When the man attempted to flee from the rear parking lot, his car became high-centered on an offroad dirt mound, according to the affidavit.
The man left the car and ran. Officers yelled for him to stop, but he continued to run. He was apprehended and taken into custody.
The man said he ran because he was scared, according to the affidavit. He reportedly told officers he wasn’t trying to evade the police, but that his gas pedal was stuck and he couldn’t stop. Officers believe the gas pedal was in working order.
The man pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges at his initial appearance in the Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday, July 28.
Assistant District Attorney Mackenzie Morrison said that the defendant was also facing three probation revocations, including for cases of interference and eluding.
Judge Brian Christensen set two consecutive $2,000 cash or surety bonds for the defendant — one for the probation revocations and one for the new charges.