WHP: Alabama man in custody after allegedly stealing truck from Cheyenne Target, fleeing police

(Wyoming Highway Patrol)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) stated in a news release Wednesday morning that an Alabama man who allegedly stole a box-style commercial truck from Cheyenne’s Target location, resulting in a police pursuit Tuesday, was in custody.

Jerry Jones Jr., a 55-year-old man from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was taken to the Laramie County Detention Center on charges of theft of the truck and eluding a peace officer, per Tuesday’s arrest log from the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office.

Per the WHP release, the pursuit started shortly after 4:45 p.m. Tuesday following a report of the stolen truck. A trooper located the truck north of Cheyenne on Interstate 25 and unsuccessfully attempted to stop the vehicle.

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After Jones allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit ensued on I-25 at what WHP called “relatively low speeds.” Spike strips were deployed and the truck’s driver’s-side tire became deflated around milepost 40, with the truck eventually coming to a stop around milepost 46.

Jones was then taken to custody without further incident, the release states.

This story will be updated as further information becomes available.