High-speed chase results in arrest

BOULDER – A driver was arrested following a high-speed chase Monday near Sand Draw.

A Wyoming Highway Patrolman observed a black passenger car traveling north bound on U.S. Highway 191, milepost 61 at a rate of speed exceeding 100 miles per hour.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but was unable to match the vehicle’s speed. At the rate of speed the vehicle was traveling, if not stopped, would reach the town of Pinedale around 8 a.m.

Sublette County School District No. 1 was notified and went in to their “Watch” emergency response protocol and Sublette County Sheriff’s Office deputies began strategically staging along U.S. Highway 191, State Highway 351, and around the schools with stop sticks as a precaution.

Sublette County School District No. 9 was also notified in case the vehicle turned west on to State Highway 351. The vehicle turned off of U.S. Highway 191 in to 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.

The “Watch” protocol was added about a month ago to School District No. 1’s list of options for emergency response. It means there could be a potential threat, but no immediate action is taken to disrupt school procedures.

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