Carpenter man arrested after pursuit through Cheyenne
Just before 8:00pm Thursday night, deputies with the Laramie County Sheriff's Office were trying to pull over a white 1995 Jeep vehicle for traffic violations. The Jeep was spotted in the southeast part of Cheyenne in the area of Burlington Trail and South Industrial Road for traffic violations.
51-year-old Charles Peek of Carpenter was driving the Jeep, and deputies say he refused to stop and drove off eastbound on Campstool Road at approximately 90mph in a posted 45mph zone.
That's when deputies said Peek then led them on a 31 mile chase through rural eastern Laramie County reaching speeds of 100mph.
Thankfully, there wasn't much traffic on the roads according to deputies involved in the pursuit.
At one point during the pursuit, Peek is said to have briefly stopped in the area of the 11000 block of Campstool Road. That's when deputies said a male passenger exited the vehicle and ran off.
Troopers from the Wyoming Highway Patrol arrived to assist as the chase led deputies close to the Colorado border. Deputies reported Peek swerved his vehicle at a pursuing Trooper’s vehicle several times at speeds of 70-100 miles per hour, causing the two vehicles to collide at which time Peek lost control of his vehicle.
Law enforcement said Peek's Jeep left the roadway while driving south in the 100 block of County Road 151, just south of the town of Carpenter, and rolled approximately one and three-quarters times before landing on its driver’s side in an empty field.
The vehicle caught on fire, but Troopers quickly doused the flames with a fire extinguisher.
According to deputies, they removed Peek from the vehicle and he was taken into custody without further incident.
Peek was treated at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and then taken to the Laramie County Jail.
He's facing charges of; aggravated assault on a peace officer, felony eluding, reckless driving, possession of drugs, speeding, failure to maintain lane, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving under a suspended license, no liability insurance, improper registration, open container, and no seatbelt. Peek was also wanted out of Colorado for an active felony arrest warrant.
Once additional deputies and officers from the Cheyenne Police Department arrived to assist, the area was searched for the unknown male occupant that ran off during the pursuit. A search was conducted and he was not located.