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Car chase ends with arrests Tuesday p.m.

Car chase ends with arrests Tuesday p.m.

May 9, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

A Lander woman was arrested Tuesday after she led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit. Officers were attempting to locate the car she drove, which was thought to be connected to a crime that occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said Misti Hereford, 31, and three male passengers were arrested shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Rendezvous Road south of Riverton.

Lee said he does not know the identities of the three men involved.

"They were all arrested on tribal charges, but I am unsure what those charges were," Lee said.

Agencies countywide were put on alert Tuesday that the Wind River Police Department was attempting to locate a Chevrolet Avalanche.

Lee said the sheriff's office received a 911 call at about 12:30 p.m. from a motorist in the 300 block of Webbwood Road reporting they had been rear-ended by a vehicle that fled the scene. The driver later was identified as Hereford.

"The description given matched the description of the vehicle that was being sought after by the Wind River Police Department," Lee said. "Our deputy intercepted the vehicle a short time later on Major Avenue.

"The driver refused to yield, and we began a pursuit at that point in time," Lee added.

The chase continued to West Adams Avenue at speeds of up to 40 mph, Lee said. Hereford turned south on Federal Boulevard and picked up speed as she left city limits.

"The hood of her vehicle was pushed up from the previous crash, and she was swerving back and forth as we were trying to get her to stop. She would swerve into us," Lee said.

An eyewitness said Hereford made obscene gestures to the deputies during the pursuit.

Police said Hereford continued about two miles down Rendezvous Road before she stopped near milepost 8.

There were two children inside the vehicle, ages 2 and 5, who were uninjured in the incident.

"The occupants were extremely uncooperative, but they were eventually taken into custody," Lee said. "We detained them at that point, and when the Wind River PD arrived, they arrested them and took the subjects to the jail in Fort Washakie."

Officers from multiple agencies, including the FBI and Riverton Police Department, responded to the scene. Lee said the FBI assisted with the arrests and taking custody of the vehicle.

An eyewitness said traffic was rerouted to Goes in Lodge Road while officers apprehended the suspects.

There were no injuries reported, but Lee said considerable damage was done to the victim's vehicle and a structure on Webbwood Road by the suspect vehicle during the hit-and-run incident.

Additional charges will be filed by the Fremont County Attorney's Office in the near future, Lee said, but for the time being those involved remain detained at the Fort Washakie jail on tribal charges.

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