Police hunting for Saturday night eluding suspect

Gillette police continue their efforts to locate a suspect that fled from a Saturday night traffic stop and damaged city property on Fox Park Road, law enforcement officials said Monday.

The initial stop was attempted near Boxelder Road and Garner Lake Road around 7:16 p.m. on May 8, after an officer noticed a green Ford passenger car traveling east in the westbound lanes on Boxelder Road, Dan Stroup, a corporal with the Gillette Police Department (GPD), said May 10.

The vehicle, believed to be a Ford Taurus or similar model, slowed as if it was going to pull over, then sped off at a high rate of speed towards the Fox Park subdivision when the traffic signal changed.

Fleeing eastbound, the vehicle lost control and crashed into a fence at the end of Boxelder Road before turning north onto Fox Park Avenue, according to Stroup.

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The vehicle continued fleeing onto Highway 51, Stroup said, crashing into a city-owned electrical box and causing upwards of $2,500 worth of damage as it merged onto the highway.

Joint efforts between the GPD and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to locate the vehicle were not successful, according to reports from both agencies.

As of May 10, the vehicle has not been identified, according to Stroup, and was last seen fleeing eastbound on Highway 51.