Wild Police Chase in Northern Natrona County
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
A driver from Gillette is in custody after allegedly leading authorities from three different agencies on a chase that covered much of Northern Natrona County.
The incident started late Monday afternoon with a report of a drive-off at the Junction gas station in Midwest. There, a clerk said a driver sped off without paying for 48-dollars worth of gas.
Midwest Police Chief Jones then located and pursued an SUV matching the description Southbound from the town. Authorities say the car was driven by Justin Phillips.
Phillips allegedly recklessly passed two semi's, before getting on I-25 Southbound.
At that point, a Natrona County Sheriff's deputy joined the chase. The deputy turned on his lights and siren, but the SUV did not stop.
Meanwhile, another deputy further down the interstate put out spike strips. Authorites say Phillips attempted to hit the deputy, while swerving to avoid the strips and then used the median to turn around and head north on I-25.
At that point, the Midwest Police Chief put out his spike strips.
However, the vehicle avoided them, so a Highway Patrol Trooper deployed a third set of strips. The SUV did run over those strips blowing out three tires before veering off the road.
Highway Patrol says Phillips then drove through a fence and tried to keep going. He allegedly then tried to escape on foot, but was quickly caught.
Phillips faces charges of eluding officers, two counts of aggravated assault, driving under a suspended license, reckless driving, and not having insurance.