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Driver in high-speed chase faces multiple charges

Apr 2, 2014 - Staff

Matthew Smith, 22, of Kinnear, was arrested on multiple charges after he attempted to elude police during a high-speed traffic chase Monday evening in Riverton.

Riverton Police Department officers were called at about 6:20 p.m. Monday to the intersection of Pinecrest Street and Redwood Drive, where a man was reported driving a gold sedan "at high rates of speed."

Witnesses said he then urinated on the wall of an apartment.

Officers said they attempted to contact the man - Smith - who "sped off" in the sedan.

Police followed Smith into the Walmart parking lot on North Federal Boulevard, where he "almost hit a female pedestrian."

He then drove onto North Federal Boulevard "at a high rate of speed."

Deputies with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office followed Smith, who led them on a chase that lasted for about 45 minutes, according to communication on police radios.

Officials could be heard estimating Smith's speed at 100 miles per hour.

He was said to have driven through rural Fremont County, heading west on Missouri Valley Road then north to Pavillion.

He was chased through town and through the Pavillion school parking lot.

On the other side of the parking lot, officials could be heard on the scanner saying he got out of his car and fled on feet before he was apprehended.

Meanwhile, RPD officers returned to the Redwood Drive area, where they reported that Smith had "smashed out" a window of an apartment in the neighborhood.

He was arrested for driving under the influence, reckless driving, eluding police, driving while under suspension, property destruction, possession of a controlled substance and open container.

His arrest appeared on reports from the RPD and the FCSO.

Officers from the Wind River Police Department assisted with the incident when they were asked to "set up" near the Kinnear Spur and on Wyoming Highway 133 west of Riverton.

to help alert other traffic of the approaching chase.

Officials on radios were heard discussing attempts to lay spike strips on the roadway in order to slow Smith's progress, but they were unsuccessful Wyoming Highway Patrol also was involved.

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