“OnStar” Helps Wyoming Troopers Chase Down Stolen SUV
A vehicle stolen in Thermopolis was recovered in northern Colorado after the owner used an "OnStar" feature to contact the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
A 2006 Cadillac Escalade was reported stolen to the Thermopolis Police Department early Wednesday morning according to authorities. Since the owner subscribes to "OnStar", they used Stolen Vehicle Tracking to locate the SUV through its GPS.
The WHP says they were contacted by "OnStar" shortly after 5:00 a.m. to report they were tracking the stolen vehicle heading south on Interstate 25 near Chugwater. The two agencies worked together until the SUV was spotted by a Trooper a couple of miles north of Cheyenne.
Authorities report that the suspected driver did not stop when the Trooper attempted to pull him over and began to elude the Trooper. The SUV ran over two sets of road spikes, but continued to travel toward Colorado with two flat tires at 75 mph.
Colorado State Patrol Troopers were notified as the chase crossed the Colorado/Wyoming State Line. Two Wyoming Troopers continued to follow the SUV and say they were met by Colorado Troopers eight miles south of the border at the Carr Interchange.
The suspect exited the Interstate and headed west on a gravel country road, but eventually stopped the SUV and was taken into custody by Colorado Troopers with the assistance of the two Wyoming Troopers.
Ryan R. Webster was identified as the suspect by the WHP. The 33 year-old has an address listed in Denver, Colo. He is currently being held in Colorado pending extradition back to the State of Wyoming where the WHP says he will face a variety of misdemeanor charges related to the fleeing in Laramie County and the felony theft of the vehicle in Thermopolis.