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Volume 7, Number 30 - October 18, 2007
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High-Speed Chase In Bargerville Area Ends In Arrest For Boulder Man

by Janet Montgomery

A domestic dispute call into the Sublette County Sheriff ’s Office (SCSO) turned into a chase down Meadowlark Lane recently with a Boulder man arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors, including reckless endangering, eluding law enforcement and battery. “They ran through several fences by Meadowlark and 191...near Meadowlark Lane... He was arrested and charged with DUI,” Sublette County Undersheriff Jim Whinnery said Tuesday.

As to rumors of the use of spike strips, Whinnery said, “The chase ended before they were actually deployed.”

“(The incident) called in at 10 p.m. as a domestic, when our officers responded, they encountered the vehicle, and that’s when the chase ensued,” Whinnery added.

Charges were filed in the Sublette County Circuit Court against Shane N. Deal, 26, on Oct. 9 for seven counts: Driving while under the influence, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, property destruction, interference with emergency calls, battery and battery of a household member.

According to court documents, a report of a family fight in the Boulder area came into the SCSO on Oct. 6 at about 10 p.m. While en route, a deputy was informed that there was a physical altercation between two household members. Prior to arriving at the residence, another deputy saw a grey, Ford pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed on Meadowlark Lane headed east. The pickup was traveling without headlights and allegedly drove through a fence on private property.

Officers then saw the grey, Ford pickup drive back on Meadowlark Lane and proceed to drive “in a reckless manner south bound.” When officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the pickup, a deputy “observed the pickup (allegedly)... almost strike a dark colored SUV, that was yielding to emergency vehicles,” according to court documents.

Court documents also indicate that the pickup allegedly drove through another private fence along Highway 191 as well as a state fence, and it continued to drive in both north and south lanes of Highway 191. The vehicle allegedly continued another threequarters of a mile without responding to law enforcement attempts to pull over, but then it stopped at about mile mark 92.

The driver was apprehended and identified as Deal. In speaking to Deal about the events, deputies could allegedly detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person as well as other apparent indicators of alcohol use, according to court documents.

Deal was then placed under arrest and transported to the Sublette County Detention Center for booking, with citation for DWUI, reckless endangering, attempting to elude and three counts of property destruction. After contacting the original reporting party and interviewing witnesses and victims, Deal was further cited for battery, battery of household member and interference with an emergency call, according to court documents. On Oct. 9, Deal entered not guilty pleas to all seven counts. Bond was set at $3,000 cash or surety, which Deal paid, and a status conference is set for Nov. 5.

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