JACKSON, Wyo. — A Nevada man was arrested and charged with several violations after a high-speed chase on US 89 early Sunday morning, according to officials.

According to Lt. Russ Ruschill, the Jackson Police Department began receiving calls about a reckless driver on US 89 around 6:10 a.m.

“The reporting parties stated things to the communications technician like the driver was ‘driving erratically, and out of control’ or was ‘going to kill someone or himself’,” said Ruschill.

At 6:25 a.m. off-duty detention deputies spotted the vehicle northbound on US 89 near the gun club. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 75 miles per hour (MPH) in the 55 MPH zone. The vehicle was northbound however it was driving in the southbound lanes of travel.

The off-duty detention deputies followed the vehicle and relayed its location to the communications center.  At 6:30 a.m. a Jackson Police Officer, who was waiting at the intersection of US 89 and High School Road spotted the vehicle northbound into the city.  The officer observed some of the same illegal behavior and attempted to initiate a traffic stop by initiating his emergency vehicle’s overhead lights as well as the vehicle’s siren.  At 6:31 a.m. the vehicle failed to yield to the officer’s emergency lights and a pursuit began near US 89 and Meadowlark Lane. The pursuit went through town, eastbound on Broadway at speeds reaching 80 MPH at times. The pursuit ended when the suspect driver attempted a high-speed turn onto Jean Street from Broadway and crashed into a bush, narrowly missing a tree and a parked utility trailer. 

The pursuing Jackson Police Officer was able to take the driver into custody without further incident.  

The driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old male from North Las Vegas named Brian James Willis was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, reckless driving, speeding 75 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, failure to maintain a single lane of travel, stop sign violation, fleeing and eluding a peace officer and interference with a peace officer. He is currently being held in the Teton County Detention Center on a $7,500.00 cash bond. 

After Willis was taken into custody, detectives with the Jackson Police Department attempted to determine Willis’ driving path en-route to Jackson.  It was discovered that he was in at least one collision in Wilson, Wyoming, which the Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating.  The Jackson Police Department is seeking witnesses to Willis’ driving while in the Town of Jackson or Teton County. Law enforcement is also seeking any other potential victims to collision, or the reckless driving exhibited by Willis during his travels. 

If you have any information about the driving exhibited by the blue Hyundai Elantra displaying Nevada plates in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 2022, please contact the Jackson Police Department detectives at (307) 733-1430 xt. 1220.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.