Gillette, Wyoming – A preliminary hearing was held last week for a man who was allegedly involved in a chase that struck multiple cars and set up a building in mid-March, according to Campbell County court records.
Rusty Locke, 44, was charged with felony aggravated fleeing, felony aggravated escape, according to a probable cause affidavit filed on March 6, prosecutors claim he fled the March 6 road closure attempt. has been charged with aggravated assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and other traffic violations. Case.
Unable to be stopped by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy from speeding in a green Dodge Ram on Ninth Avenue and Hwy 59, Locke instead chose to flee to the McDonald’s parking lot on Camel Drive, where he He is accused of crashing into three cars. Affidavit.
According to the affidavit, deputies tracked Locke down several streets in the area to the intersection of Butler Space Road and Ninth Avenue. his patrol car.
According to the affidavit, the officer was parked with the emergency lights on and saw Locke deliberately turn the steering wheel toward him. However, Rock loses control due to slippery road conditions and crashes into a nearby yard, narrowly missing a police patrol car.
After he accelerated out of the yard again, Locke reportedly hit the broadside of a passing pickup and continued to flee past Hillcrest Elementary School at 90 mph, the affidavit states, and the chase was on Country Club Road. It continued across Highway 59, he added.
After crossing the highway, Locke entered a Walgreens parking lot, crashed into a building, and fled by walking across Highway 59 to Dairy Queen, according to the affidavit.
In the course of the chase, Rock caused an estimated $10,000 in property and vehicle damage, two of which were incapacitated as a result of the crash, the affidavit states.
Later in the investigation, officers learned Locke was operating the green Dodge without authorization after contacting the owner, according to the affidavit.
No charges have been filed against the 24-year-old female passenger who fled on foot after the green Dodge stopped at Walgreens.
Locke was arraigned on all charges before Circuit Court Judge Wendy Bartlett on March 7.
According to court records, a felony preliminary hearing was held on March 14 to determine whether there were sufficient grounds to refer the case to the district court for further proceedings.