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Teen arrested for leading deputies on 140 mph high-speed pursuit

(file photo by Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody for leading Campbell County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit Friday night to avoid a speeding charge, according to Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds.

The boy was taken into custody on Highway 14-16 after he reportedly attempted to elude capture for 13 minutes following a traffic stop attempt on a black 2015 Cadillac around 8:18 p.m. May 10, per Reynolds. 

According to the report, deputies observed the Cadillac traveling 142 mph in a posted 55 mph zone on Highway 14-16. When they attempted to stop it, the vehicle fled northbound and entered Eagle Butte Mine property before returning to the highway.

The 16-year-old boy ultimately stopped the Cadillac near milepost seven and was taken into custody following a high-risk stop. Deputies arrested the boy at the recommendation of the Campbell County Attorney’s Office, Reynolds said. 

A 15-year-old girl, a passenger, was also detained but was released to her parents without charges, according to Reynolds, who said the boy told deputies he fled because he was afraid of getting into trouble.