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Man arrested after high speed chase; multiple thefts, vandalism reported

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Police Department arrested a 19-year-old Banner man early Saturday morning after a high-speed pursuit through the county.
Taran Schlegel faces charges of eluding, driving while under the influence, larceny and reckless driving.

Police received reports of a reckless driver shortly before 5:30 a.m. and located Schlegel driving a pick-up truck at the intersection of Coffeen Avenue and Brundage Lane.
When officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver took off northbound on Coffeen. Eventually, the driver headed eastbound onto Highway 14E, reaching speeds of close to 100 miles per hour.

 

Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office were contacted for assistance.

After reaching Belus Road, the vehicle slid off the road and turned onto its side. The driver of the vehicle took off on foot, but was apprehended by law enforcement.
Also on Saturday, The Sheridan Police Department responded to six reports involving stolen vehicles, five reports of burglarized vehicles and three reports of vehicles which were severely vandalized. The incidents are believed to have taken place Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Of those reports, two of the vehicles were vandalized with a utility knife while another appears to have been damaged by fire.
According to a media release from the Sheridan Police Department, it is unknown if Schlegel was involved in the incidents.

All of the affected vehicles were unlocked prior to being vandalized or burglarized, and all the stolen vehicles had keys left in their ignition.
The stolen cars were all later recovered in the immediate Sheridan area.

The investigation into the incidents is ongoing.

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