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Two-county chase ends in crash
Aug 13, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
The woman being pursued is wanted on at least 42 outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants from multiple law enforcement agencies.
A woman wanted on multiple felony warrants was injured in Riverton on Monday evening after being involved in a high-speed vehicle chase spanning two Wyoming counties.
The pursuit ended when the woman reportedly crashed her truck into several headstones at Bott Monument west of town. She was flown to Salt Lake City to be treated for injuries, according to reports.
Officials said 34-year-old Jamie L. Cleghorn is wanted on at least 42 outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants from multiple law enforcement agencies in Utah and Wyoming. She is accused of stealing peoples' identities, manufacturing other identities, passing counterfeit money, possessing drugs, abusing children and giving pornography to children under 10.
Cleghorn reportedly fled from Thermopolis at about 5:20 p.m. Monday when a Hot Springs County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop her white Chevrolet Silverado crew cab pickup truck. The deputy was responding to a "be on the lookout" call regarding Cleghorn, who had tried to use a fraudulent check earlier in the day in Cody, officials said.
Initial reports state Cleghorn reached speeds of up to 80 mph as she led officials along U.S. Highway 20 through the Wind River Canyon toward Shoshoni. She reportedly struck one of the tunnels in the canyon at about 5:30 p.m. and caused some damage to her vehicle.
Officials made six attempts to disable her vehicle's tires during the pursuit, but they said Cleghorn was able to avoid the spike strips each time.
The first set of spikes was placed along U.S. 20 near Tough Creek, but Cleghorn reportedly "saw them and drove around them."
She turned toward Riverton when she reached Wyoming Highway 789, managing to avoid spike strips placed at the highway's intersections with Poison Creek and Bass Lake Road at about 5:40 p.m., officials said.
As she continued southbound toward Riverton, Cleghorn reportedly drove on the shoulder of the highway's northbound lane and was able to steer clear of three more sets of spikes set out at the highway's intersection with Honor Farm, Dalley and Burma roads.
Reports state Cleghorn turned right on Country Acres Road at about 5:50 p.m., then headed south on North Eighth Street West, east on Sunset Drive and south on Broadway Avenue, eventually turning west on Main Street.
Officials said she was traveling at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone just before 6 p.m. when she attempted to pass a Jeep occupied by several Riverton residents. WHP Lt. Tom Adams said the residents saw emergency lights flashing behind them and tried to pull over, but they struck Cleghorn's truck, which was to the right of them in the highway's outside lane.
Cleghorn's vehicle reportedly hit the curb and spun out of control, crossing the highway and rolling into the Bott Monument parking lot. The truck reportedly caused damage to a power pole and gas meter as well as the Bott Monument sign and four headstones.
Cleghorn was removed from her vehicle due to a possible fire hazard, then transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital and airlifted to Salt Lake City. The occupants of the Jeep were not injured in the crash, which will be investigated by the WHP.
Charges for her actions in Fremont County are pending, and WHP officials said they will assist other jurisdictions with evidence collection in connection with Cleghorn's warrants. Adams said Cleghorn was holding an Alabama driver's license, and the vehicle she was driving did not belong to her, though it was not listed as stolen from its Utah address.
Published reports state Cleghorn was jailed in Uintah County in March after she was accused of using stolen identities to commit numerous crimes in that area. She reportedly was apprehended when she attempted to use what were believed to be counterfeit $5, $10 and $20 bills.