Sublette deputies assist Highway Patrol in early morning high-speed chase

SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO – Deputies from the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol this morning in a high-speed chase that triggered a brief “watch” situation for Pinedale-area schools and resulted in the arrest of one man.

The chase began around 7:40am just south of Boulder when Wyoming Highway Patrol observed a black passenger car travelling northbound on US Highway 191, near milepost 61, at a rate of speed exceeding 100mph.

WHP attempted to stop the vehicle but was unable to match the vehicle’s speed. At the rate of speed the vehicle was travelling, if not stopped, would reach the town of Pinedale around 8:00am.

School District 1 was notified and went in to their “Watch” emergency response protocol, and Sublette County Sheriff’s Office deputies began strategically staging along US Highway 191, State Highway 351, and around the schools with Stop Sticks as a precaution. Sublette County School District #9 was notified in case the vehicle turned west on to State Highway 351.

The vehicle turned off of US Highway 191 into the Sand Draw area. Wyoming Highway Patrol and Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputies set up a perimeter and located the vehicle and driver. Wyoming Highway Patrol took the driver in to custody without further incident. The “Watch” protocol for the schools was lifted.

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