CASPER, Wyo. — A Tyler, Texas resident is reportedly deceased, after leaping from a moving vehicle, while leading Highway Patrol troopers on a pursuit.
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, on Friday, February 21st, 2020 Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a suspected drunk driver in the area of Sheridan, Wyoming.
Troopers report that the pursuit started near Sheridan, Wyoming, on Interstate 90. They say they were able to locate a vehicle matching the description of the alleged drunk driver speeding 97 mph in a 75 mph posted speed zone.
A WHP vehicle turned on emergency lights and sirens to attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver is said to have failed to stop for the trooper and fled east on Interstate 90 at speeds of 85 to 90 miles per hour. As the trooper was pursuing the vehicle, he reported seeing the driver reaching out of the sunroof with his hands.
A short time later, the driver was said to have exited through the sunroof and jumped onto the roadway while the vehicle was still moving at an estimated 80 miles per hour. The vehicle crashed a short time later into the median cable divider.
The WHP says the trooper immediately called for an ambulance and attempted to perform CPR on the subject. Emergency Medical Services arrived a short time later and pronounced the driver deceased.
The pursuit reportedly lasted approximately five miles.
The driver has been identified as 43-year-old Tyler, Texas resident Marshall R. Acker.