High speed motorcycle pursuit ends with one arrest

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A multi-agency pursuit kicked off by local police attempting to stop an unregistered Suzuki motorcycle for speeding spanned more than 40 miles, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

The operator, a 31-year-old male, was arrested after the pursuit ended on Interstate 90 near Inyan Kara Road by Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) troopers shortly before 4 a.m., according to WHP Sgt. Jeremy Beck.

Officers with the Gillette Police Department (GPD), while driving eastbound on I-90, observed the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed on Overdale Drive near Overdale Drive, GPD Lt. Brent Wasson said April 29.

They caught up to the motorcycle near the west exchange on I-90 and attempted a traffic stop after seeing it had no registration, Wasson said, but the 31-year-old male took off at a high rate of speed, and officers were forced to terminate the pursuit.

Deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) took up the call and attempted another traffic stop near the east exchange, but were not successful, according to CCSO Lead Deputy Danny Preston, at which point WHP troopers in the area joined the pursuit.

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Preston said that deputies terminated their pursuit at the Crook County line, though WHP troopers continued on.

At several points during the pursuit, speeds exceeded 100 mph, Beck said, adding that the male eventually pulled over near mile marker 172.

Wasson said that troopers reportedly seized an unspecified amount of methamphetamine and the male was transported back to Campbell County, where officers issued him citations for speeding and eluding.

The male could likely face additional charges, but multiple attempts by County 17 to determine what those charges could be were not successful as of press time.