High speed pursuit suspect evades capture

(Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

A suspect got away during a late-night pursuit Thursday where speeds exceeded 100 mph across southern Gillette, a local law enforcement official said Friday.

The pursuit reportedly began around 10 p.m. after a sheriff’s office K9 deputy observed the suspect vehicle, a gray 2008 Audi A3 with Utah license plates, traveling 116 mph in a 50-mph zone on Highway 50 north of the Lewis Road, according to Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds.

When the deputy attempted to catch up to the vehicle, the Audi allegedly accelerated away at a high rate of speed onto Southern Drive and was seen traveling north on Enzi Drive without its headlights on, Reynolds said.

A Gillette Police Department (GPD) officer reportedly located the vehicle parked in an apartment parking lot near Enzi Drive with its lights and engine off, Reynolds said, adding that the officer activated his lights and approached the vehicle.

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The Audi sped away again when the officer knocked on the window and drove back onto Enzi Drive to Southern Drive at a high rate of speed.

Pursuing law enforcement officers lost sight of the vehicle on Southern Drive, though they were waived down by a civilian at Grinners Bar who told them the suspect vehicle had crossed Highway 59 and continued onto Garner Lake Road.

Deputies were ultimately unable to locate the Audi and the pursuit was terminated, Reynolds said.

The pursuit was terminated after deputies were unable to locate the Audi, Reynolds said.