The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Friday that a halfway-house escapee who led them on an hourlong high-speed chase was arrested.
A news release from the highway patrol said law enforcement officials took 24-year-old Khristofer Crandall into custody at about 12:30 p.m. Friday after he led them on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph in a stolen pickup truck.
At about 11:30 a.m., deputies from the Campbell County Sheriff's Office tried to stop a Dodge Ram reported stolen near Gillette on Interstate 90.
The pickup sped off in the westbound lanes. Sgt. Stephen Townsend said in the release that Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers joined the chase as the Dodge sped up to 100 mph.
After the Dodge crossed into Johnson County, 48 miles after the chase began, troopers flattened the truck's passenger-side tires with a spike strip, the release said.
The pickup slowed to about 70 mph but continued to drive. About four miles later, Townsend said, troopers used spike strips to knock out the front driver's side tire.
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Deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, highway patrol troopers and officers from the Buffalo Police Department blocked exits along I-90 at the Interstate 25 junction and set up a roadblock.
As the Dodge approached the roadblock, Crandall, who was later identified as the driver, drove the truck off the road, where it got stuck in slush and mud, the release said.
Crandall got out of the Dodge and tried to run.
“A sheriff's K-9 was released and tackled the subject taking him to the ground whereupon troopers quickly handcuffed him and took him into custody,” Townsend wrote.
He added that Crandall is an escapee from a Campbell County halfway-house program and that the Dodge was reported stolen out of the same county Thursday.
The chase lasted for about 65 miles.