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BREAKING: Two booked after high-speed pursuit

(Kinnear, Wyo.) – Four law enforcement agencies cooperated on a high-speed chase Saturday afternoon that resulted in the arrest of a 37-year-old driver from Fort Washakie and a 34-year-old male passenger from Arapahoe on Riverview Road just east of Kinnear. The names of the arrested were not released pending a court appearance. According to Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Pence, at about 2 p.m. this afternoon, a State Trooper attempted to stop a 2006 White Grand Am for traveling at 78 MPH in a 65 MPH Zone and erratic lane use near MP 117 on US 26 westbound near Kinnear. Pence said the driver accelerated to nearly 100 MPH before turning off on Riverview Road. The vehicle circled around the fire station in Kinnear before traveling south on Riverview Road. The Trooper followed the vehicle for nearly 2 miles, before stopping the pursuit. The Trooper and a Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant ultimately located the vehicle, which had been abandoned, but they found footprints leading away from the Grand Am. The Trooper was able to find the passenger, identified by his clothing as such, and placed him under arrest for interference. A Wind River Police Lieutenant was able to spot the driver on a mountain ledge above the Wind River and talked the Fremont County Sergeant to the suspect, who had hunkered down at one point and taken off his shirt. The driver was arrested for Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Fleeing, Driving Under Suspension, Speed 78/65, Lane Use, and an Open Container of Alcohol. The passenger was arrested on 2 counts of Interference With a Peace Officer. Pence said a great deal of credit goes to the assisting agencies (BIA Wind River Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming Game & Fish, and both Fremont County and Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatch). There was an excellent line of communication and teamwork between all agencies, which helped remove an impaired driver from the highway. #county10 #news