Vehicle pursuit lasts more than 90 miles until suspect runs out of gas
WYOMING – Troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol yesterday were involved in a vehicle pursuit that spanned more than 90 miles on Interstate 80. The chase ended with an arrest of a 33-year-old Idaho man.
On Tuesday, a Trooper observed a 2017 Ford Explorer speeding 91 in posted 75 mph speed zone at about 9 am. The Trooper stopped the vehicle for the speeding violation at milepost 224.
During the stop, the officer had reasonable suspicion to request a K-9 team, with the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office to respond. The officer’s K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. When Troopers attempted to get all of the occupants out of the Ford Explorer to conduct a vehicle search, the driver started the vehicle and sped off with his girlfriend and her two kids, ages seven and two, still inside.
Several times throughout the pursuit, speeds were recorded in excess of 110 mph. The pursuit lasted 91 miles before the Ford Explorer ran out of gas around milepost 133. The driver then exited his vehicle and a short foot pursuit ensued. Troopers were able to catch the driver and he was taken into custody.
The driver has been identified as Jason Carr of Marsing, Idaho. Carr is facing several criminal charges and is currently booked into the Carbon County Jail. Suspected methamphetamine and other drug contraband were located within the vehicle. The two juveniles were taken into protective custody by the Department of Family Services out of Sweetwater County.