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Stolen car in Riverton leads to Tuesday pursuit in Lander

May 15, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling and Katie Roenigk, Staff Writers

Officers from throughout the county were involved in an incident involving a stolen vehicle at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The call was initiated in Riverton but resulted in a short chase down Lander's Main Street.

Riverton police

A woman contacted the Riverton Police Department just before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to report that her boyfriend had taken her 2012 Subaru from Cactus Circle and was driving it to Lander. She said the vehicle had just been registered in Cheyenne.

The driver was described as a 27-year-old male, wearing a black jacket, red shirt, gray pants and a black hat.

"She stated he thought he was going to Lander to see his father," RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said.


Just after 10:30 a.m., someone in Hudson reported that a small car had come through town traveling at about 90 mph. Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the vehicle also was spotted by a deputy, who attempted to turn around and

follow the vehicle.

"But there was no way for him to catch up," Lee said.

Another deputy spotted the vehicle just before it entered Lander, Lee said.

"The deputy couldn't keep up," he explained. "The vehicle just disappeared down Main Street."

Lander police

According to Lander Police Department Det. Sgt. Fred Cox, officers from the LPD made contact with the vehicle at the intersection of Wyoming Highways 287 and 789.

"There was a short pursuit," Cox said.

Officers lost track of the vehicle but located it soon afterward in the 900 block of Washakie Street, where it was unoccupied.

Multiple agencies responded to the house for about an hour including the LPD, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The owners of the home said the man was not inside the house, but Cox said they allowed officers to do a search of the residence.

"No one was located in the house," Cox said.

On Tuesday evening, Cox confirmed the driver was not located and stated there was not a threat of any kind to the community.

"It is still under investigation," Cox said. "Charges are pending."

According to Murphy, the man had not been arrested as of Wednesday morning.

"We have a citation prepared to be served on him when he's found, for improper use of a vehicle," Murphy said.

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