Law enforcement from Buffalo, Johnson County, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol apprehended a suspect in a vehicle pursuit that ended with the subject escaping on foot in the area east of Buffalo on Highway 16.
In a release from the Buffalo Police Department, at approximately 12:05 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), Buffalo Police Department (BPD), and Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) received a request for assistance from the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office for a vehicle pursuit, originating in Sheridan County.
Soon after a deputy with the JCSO spotted the vehicle on Highway 14 and Lower Piney Creek Road, where deputies and the WHP attempted to stop the vehicle.
A high-speed chase ensued with the suspect vehicle continuing on to Highway 16 where a spike strip was successfully deployed.
The vehicle veered off the road into a pasture, disabling the vehicle.
The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled on foot, sheltering in an area along Clear Creek.
The suspect vehicle, a 2010 black BMW, was confirmed stolen out of Montana and was also displaying stolen license plates.
Law enforcement from the three agencies established a perimeter around the area and continued a joint search on foot.
A small aircraft and UTV’s were also utilized thanks to the generous support from area residents.
Additionally, the Gillette Police Department deployed canine “Biko” who is trained in tracking people, to assist.
At about 6:50 a.m. Friday morning, dispatch received information that the subject had been spotted on Highway 16 near the search area, and the suspect was apprehended soon after.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Police Department, and Wyoming Highway Patrol are continuing their investigation to ensure appropriate charges are filed.