Car chase spans two states, ends in Moffat County
July 24, 2007
Moffat County — Raymond Allen, 24, who currently has an address in Craig, was arrested Friday night in Moffat County after a car chase that began in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Allen, who allegedly drove the vehicle carrying two passengers, is charged with one count of vehicular eluding, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of reckless driving and one count of driving under the influence of drugs.
One passenger, Helen Hewitt, 35, of Rock Springs is charged with one count of amphetamine possession.
The other passenger, Kenneth Haselhuhn, 45, of Rock Springs was questioned and released without charges filed. All three were taken to The Memorial Hospital following the incident, and all were found to be uninjured.
“They complied with all the instructions and were relatively cooperative,” Colorado State Patrol Trooper Doug Kline said.
Allen and Hewitt currently are being held at Moffat County Jail.
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The affair began when the Rock Springs Police Department responded to shots fired at a residence on McKinley Avenue in Rock Springs. The police witnessed a 1983 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer leaving the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle while other officers investigated the residence.
The vehicle sped up and left Rock Springs on Highway 430 going toward the Colorado border. Rock Springs Police, Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department all were called to pursue the truck.
At one point in Wyoming, Allen came to a stop and a Wyoming state trooper left his vehicle to make the arrest. Allegedly, Allen reversed his vehicle into the state trooper before taking off again, at which point the trooper fired at the suspect vehicle’s tires, according to police reports.
Colorado State Patrol ended the chase near mile post 13 on Moffat County Road 4 by deploying stop sticks and deflating the Blazer’s tire.
At the Rock Springs shooting scene, police believed the incident was controlled-substance related. Rock Springs police were going to break into the house, but were let in by the residents and initially found no obvious bullet holes or other illegal activity.
Police presented a search warrant the following day and found trace amounts of methamphetamine within the house. The bullet was found in a tree in the front yard, and the casing was found in front of the house.
“The shot was fired toward the street, likely at the vehicle,” Rock Springs Police Cmdr. Dwane Pacheco said. “We know that one individual from the vehicle went into the house uninvited. The owner says he then threw that person out.”
Sweetwater County and the city of Rock Springs currently do not have plans to extradite the suspects to face charges in Wyoming. Possible charges against Allen include assault against the Wyoming state trooper, and an active warrant for a probation violation unrelated to the incident.
“We will see what the county attorney wants to do after we finish our investigation,” Pacheco said.