Dangerous Natrona County High-Speed Pursuit Ends with One Arrest
Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) troopers have one in custody following a March 13 high-speed pursuit north of Casper on Interstate 25.
According to a press release from the WHP, Colorado resident Randy Duran, 27, fled a traffic stop in a 2018 Dodge Ram after failing to produce identification.
Duran was initially stopped after driving around a road closure gate on I-25. He was pursued north on I-25 before exiting onto State Highway 259.
The WHP trooper attempted a “Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI),” or PIT maneuver to stop the pursuit.
Mid maneuver, the trooper’s patrol vehicle became lodged with the suspect’s vehicle, and Duran reportedly forced the patrol vehicle into delineator posts while continuing to flee.
The WHP reports that another trooper, assisting with the pursuit, was able to use his own patrol car to dislodge the other from Duran’s vehicle.
The pursuit continued for several more miles before a Natrona County Deputy deployed spike strips, which deflated the suspect vehicle’s tires effectively, the release states.
The vehicle became disabled in an adjacent private driveway and Duran fled on foot. He was caught and taken into custody without incident.
On March 13, Winter Storm Ulmer had forced the closure of several major roadways, including I-25.
Troopers confirmed Duran’s identity and learned he had an active Colorado warrant. He was further charged with eluding, driving under suspension, and running a road closure gate.