Update: Cheyenne Chase Reached 100 MPH Before Crash
Update: A spokesman for the Cheyenne Police Department says suspects fleeing from police reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour before crashing into a pair of apartment buildings early this morning.
Officer Kevin Malatesta says the incident started a little before 2 a.m. when an alarm went off at the Walgreen's Pharmacy at 2304 E. Lincolnway. When police got there they found 32-year-old Alec Praytor and 35-year-old Dana Green, both of Casper in the parking lot of the pharmacy in a Ford F-150 pickup.
Malatesta says the pair drove away when police arrived, eventually driving north on Converse at speeds of over 100 mph. Malatesta says Praytor lost control of the truck north of Dell Range and crashed into an apartment complex in the 4700 block of Converse Ave.
The truck crashed into a bedroom of an apartment, but the person who lived in that apartment was in the living room of the residence and was not injured. Even though the truck struck two buildings, no one was injured.
Praytor and Green then fled on foot and broke into an apartment in the 4900 block of King Arthur Way. There were people in that apartment who were not allowed to leave, but one of the residents managed to place a 911 call, leading police to the apartment, where they arrested Praytor and Green.
But as a result of the truck crashing into the two buildings, the buildings were badly damaged and a gas leak developed. Malatesta says 30 people had to be evacuated and received emergency shelter help from the Red Cross.
After his arrest, Green told police that he and Praytor had fled because they believed the truck was stolen in Casper. But Malatesta said at the time the vehicle had not been reported as stolen. Praytor received minor injuries and was treated at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
He was arrested for reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, criminal entry, possession of stolen property and false imprisonment. Green was arrested for possession stolen property and criminal entry.
Malatesta says the case is still being investigated, and police are looking into whether alcohol and drugs may have been a factor in the incident
Original Post: Cheyenne Police say a police pursuit of a stolen truck ended with the vehicle crashing into an apartment complex last night.
Police have not yet released all of the details, but they say the truck ended up crashing into an apartment complex off of Converse near Mason Way.
Police say no one in the apartments was injured, and the suspects were taken into custody. They also say the situation poses no threat to the public.
We will update details on this story as they become available.