Troopers Stop Sex-Assault Suspect [AUDIO]
A man suspected of assaulting a woman in Montana was apprehended in Wyoming Wednesday morning. Twenty-eight-year-old Brandon Curry, of Butte, Montana, first got the attention of the Wyoming Highway Patrol by speeding along Interstate 80 east of Laramie.
Driving like mad:
"This individual was wanted by the Butte, Montana, Police Department for an assault on a female that took place at the Montana Tech library that occurred on Tuesday afternoon. He apparently traveled into Wyoming and yesterday (Wednesday) morning just a little before 11, a trooper patrolling about six miles east of Laramie, on Interstate 80, clocked the vehicle at 100 miles per hour."
Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend said the trooper didn't know at first that Curry was wanted in Montana, but quickly realized something was up.
Fled traffic stop:
"Another trooper was able to get the vehicle stopped. They didn't know at the time that the gentleman was wanted out of Montana. The trooper asked for the documents and the individual's driver's license. The individual handed them to him, and then put his car in reverse and accelerate backwards into the front of the trooper's patrol car, and then he took off."
Curry reportedly sped away at speeds reaching 130 mph, hit a spike strip and lost control of his vehicle on the off-ramp going to Laramie's Third Street, and once his vehicle went off the roadway and bogged down in the snow, the chase still wasn't over.
Eluding last resort:
"He lost control of his vehicle and it went off of the roadway on the off-ramp, and that's when another trooper rammed the passenger side of the vehicle, and that portion of the chase came to a stop. However, the male individual then bailed out of the car and attempted to flee on foot, and troopers chased him down, within a distance of about 75 yards, and tackled him, and then took him into custody."
Sgt. Townsend said Montana will likely pursue extradition for the alleged sexual assault, but that Curry is being held in the detention facility and his Wyoming charges will be filed by the Albany County District Attorney's Office.
"Here in Wyoming, he's been charged with eluding, reckless driving, felony interference with a peace officer, felony property damage, driving while under the influence, and that would be a second offense, and open container."
Curry was awaiting his initial court appearance as of early Thursday afternoon.