A man driving a reportedly stolen Acura out of Billings led a Wyoming State Trooper in a high-speed chase Wednesday.  

The chase ended shortly after it began, around 11 a.m., when the man crashed into a concrete barrier in a construction zone on Interstate 90.

Authorities have identified the man as William Trentham, 33, from Tennessee. 

After the crash, Trentham was transported by ambulance to Buffalo, Wyo., and was eventually airlifted to Billings, according to a news release. 

The crash happened after a trooper reportedly clocked Trentham driving 100 mph in a 75 mph zone while headed east on Interstate 90.

The trooper pulled Trentham over a little after 11 a.m. and asked him for his license, insurance and registration, none of which Trentham produced, so the trooper asked him to step out of the car. Instead, according to the release, Trentham put the car into gear and sped off.

A little way down the road Trentham reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guardrail and jersey barrier. 

Emergency responders extricated Trentham from the vehicle and brought him to Buffalo, Wyo. Afterward, he was airlifted to Billings.

After the vehicle crashed, the trooper discovered that the grey Acura had been reported stolen out of Billings. 

WHP Sgt. David Wagener said injuries are unknown. He said Trooper Louis Tegdesch responded. 

The case has been transferred to the Johnson County Attorney's Office in Wyoming for pending charges. 


Nick is a general assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette

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