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Man led cops on car chase, then left road and passed out

Jan 2, 2013 - From staff reports

Matthew G. Snyder, 32, of Alliance, Ohio, remains in custody in Fremont County after he led a local Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper on a 59-mile chase Saturday evening.

According to reports, the vehicle Snyder was operating, a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup, had been reported stolen Dec. 21 from Alliance, Ohio.

The incident began shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday when a trooper said he observed a vehicle speeding 86 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. Highway 26 just outside of Riverton. The trooper reportedly attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to comply.

The pursuit went northbound out of Riverton on U.S. Highway 26/287, at which point Snyder attempted to lose the trooper by turning off the Ram's headlights. Officials said Snyder's speed varied from 40 mph to as high as 114 mph, and during the pursuit the trooper observed several baggies of an unknown substance being thrown from Snyder's vehicle.

Snyder eventually left the roadway, reportedly driving through a barbed wire fence and going off-road in the snow where the trooper could not follow in his patrol vehicle.

Officers from the Wind River Indian Reservation reportedly arrived with a four-by-four vehicle equipped with tire chains and helped the trooper locate Snyder's vehicle about three-quarters of a mile from the highway. He reportedly had crawled into the back seat of his Ram and passed out.

Officials said Snyder listed his home address in Alliance, Ohio. He has been charged with speeding, driving while under the influence, eluding, driving with a suspended driver's license, possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving.

The case remains under investigation while troopers attempt to locate and test the unknown substance tossed from the moving vehicle. It is unknown at this time if law enforcement authorities in Ohio will seek Snyder's extradition back to that state for the stolen vehicle charges.

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