A California man identified as 39-year-old Jonathan Suckow is in custody following a high-speed pursuit spanning over 140 miles, ending near Douglas Thursday morning, according to a release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP).
The pursuit was initiated after Suckow was reported to the Gillette Police Department as someone potentially impersonating a peace officer.
Gillette police officers located Suckow and attempted a traffic stop. Suckow, who was driving a 2019 Ford Edge, fled onto Highway 50 when officers attempted the stop.
Troopers with the WHP joined the chase near Savageton where Suckow allegedly continued fleeing at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
The pursuit continued eastbound on Highway 387 to Wright, at which time Suckow reportedly continued south towards Douglas, where attempts to deploy spike strips failed to stop him.
As the pursuit neared the Converse County line, spike strips were again deployed near mile marker 6 on Highway 59 and were successful in puncturing all four of Suckow’s tires, causing the vehicle to come to a stop.
Once the vehicle was stopped, however, Suckow reportedly refused to exit the car and continued driving south once more.
A pursuing trooper, who was not identified, attempted to stop Suckow by utilizing a “Tactical Vehicle Intervention maneuver with his patrol vehicle,” the release stated.
The maneuver was only partially successful and Suckow was forced into the barrow ditch, where he attempted to drive around law enforcement officers once again.
At that time, believing Suckow to pose an imminent threat to the safety of the public and the pursuing officers, the trooper rammed his patrol vehicle into the Ford Edge, causing the suspect’s vehicle to overturn, according to WHP Sgt. Jeremy Beck.
Neither the trooper nor Suckow were injured, though the troopers vehicle had to be towed from the scene, Beck said.
Suckow was charged with fleeing to elude, reckless driving, speeding, and several other traffic related offenses. He may also be facing additional charges from the GPD.
A call requesting the nature of Suckow’s charges from the GPD was not returned by press time