Casper police say that they’ve arrested a man and booked him on recommended charges of Eluding Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, and Reckless endangering; the morning after the suspect is accused of leading police on a high speed chase.
According to law enforcement records, Bruce Lee Gothard was arrested at approximately 8:00 am on the morning of December 5th, at a convenience store near the intersection of Salt Creek Highway and Wardwell Road.
Police allege that the night before, on December 4th, at approximately 7:45 pm, dispatch received a REDDI report of a White Truck with a company logo on the door, driving all over the road on 12th street, nearing hitting several vehicles.
Police say that they found a truck matching the description of the suspect vehicle at a bar parking lot on the 800 block of CY Avenue.
Police observed the vehicle and, eventually, a man came out of the bar approaching the truck. Gothard was identified as the registered owner of the vehicle, and police say that the man walking toward the vehicle matched a previous booking photo for Gothard.
In an affidavit in the case, officers alleged that they attempted to get Gothard’s attention several times, before he entered the vehicle and left the parking lot, driving past officers.
Police report giving chase to the vehicle and attempting a law enforcement stop. In the affidavit it is claimed that the vehicle then accelerated.
The affidavit goes on to describe a brief chase that saw speeds over 80 mph through Casper streets, where police claim the driver ran several stop signs.
Police called off the chase near Collins Drive and Ash Streets, saying that due to the driver’s excessive speeds, there was concern for public safety.
The driver is also alleged to have run multiple red lights and stop signs.
Attempts to find the vehicle by police on the night of December 4th were unsuccessful.
It is reported, however, that officers were able to contact Gothard at a Loaf and Jug the morning of December 5th. The affidavit says that Gothard was refueling the suspect vehicle. After the contact, price say that Gothard was placed under arrest.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.