CASPER (WNE) — Police ended a roughly four-hour negotiation with two adults peacefully on Wednesday morning, following a chase that ended with the pair crashing their truck.
The encounter closed a section of East Yellowstone Highway in north Casper for several hours early on Wednesday. The man and woman, according to police, were taken to Wyoming Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries around 7 a.m.
The unidentified man and woman face charges in Evansville of eluding police and property damage, both felonies, as well as reckless driving, driving without a license and entering a highway outside controlled access points.
Officers were attempting to pull over the adult man and woman around 2:45 a.m. near East Fifth and South Jefferson streets after noticing there were no lights on a trailer attached to the truck. Both vehicles were reportedly found to be stolen after a check by police.
The pair drove away from the stop, and Casper police followed the flatbed Ford truck before crossing into Evansville, where local police took over the pursuit. The pair crossed back into Casper before crashing and overturning in the 2300 block of East Yellowstone.
Evansville Police Chief Mike Thompson said that during the roughly 15-minute pursuit, the pair drove the wrong way on I-25 and multiple off-ramps, speeding on the highway and crossing into a ditch at one point to avoid being hit by oncoming traffic.
The truck hit a parked Nissan van in Evansville, causing around $8,000 worth of damage. It also crashed into a light pole in Casper.
The man and woman reportedly stayed in the truck after it turned on its side and fired at least two gunshots from inside when Evansville police tried to approach.