Man arrested after high-speed chase

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SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man was arrested Tuesday following a high-speed pursuit through the city and county.

David Simmons, 24, was apprehended at gunpoint after he rear-ended a patrol car during a failed attempt to elude deputies of the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Mark Conrad said Simmons is well known among local law enforcement agencies as the result of several previous drug convictions.

A warrant was recently issued for his arrest on the grounds that he violated terms of his probation. Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy spotted him driving on Highland Avenue and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

Rather than pulling over, however, Simmons allegedly took off on 11th Street toward North Main Street and subsequently north onto Decker Road.

Conrad said Simmons led the pursuing deputy to the entrance of the Tongue River Reservoir before turning back toward Sheridan.
Simmons is said to have reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, and to have narrowly missed an oncoming vehicle on at least one occasion.

Eventually, Simmons lost control of the car and struck another patrol vehicle that had been waiting for an opportunity to stop him.

He was transported to Sheridan Memorial Hospital but quickly released into Sheriff’s Office custody.

In addition to the original warrant charges, he now faces four misdemeanor counts of fleeing, failure to maintain liability insurance, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
No one was injured as a result of the chase.

Simmons is expected to appear in Sheridan County Circuit Court this afternoon.

By |May 8th, 2013|

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Paolo Cisneros joined The Sheridan Press staff in August 2012. He covers business, energy and public safety. A Chicago native, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.