Semi Driver Arrested After Eluding Deputies
A 44-year-old Ontario man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after leading deputies on a pursuit in a semi tractor-trailer for approximately 25 miles at or below the speed limit.
According to Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds, the Gillette Police Department attempted to stop the semi for no taillights around 12:45 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 59 and Gallery View Drive. A deputy was patrolling in the area at the time and continued to follow the semi southbound with lights and sirens activated. Another deputy, also with lights and sirens activated, passed the semi going northbound to ensure the driver was aware law enforcement wanted him to stop.
While following the semi, deputies reported it was swerving.
A deputy successfully deployed spike strips at mile marker 80, flattening the vehicles front tires and bringing the pursuit to a halt.
The driver, later identified as Shayne Callaghan, refused commands to exit the vehicle for around five minutes. However, he complied after deputies announced they intended to utilize a K-9.
Callaghan will be arraigned today in Campbell County Circuit Court. In addition to DWUI in a commercial vehicle, he is also charged with reckless driving, interference with an officer, and eluding an officer.