Throughout the afternoon of September 19, the Cheyenne Police Department says they received numerous calls regarding a gold SUV driving recklessly throughout the capital city.
At about 2:00 pm, officers located the vehicle in the area of Lion’s Park. Police initiated a traffic stop and the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Gabriel Villalva, 27, reportedly refused to stop.
Villalva recently made headlines when a viral video was released, allegedly showing Villalva approaching delicate natural features in the park, off the designated path.
Cheyenne Police officials say that Villalva led officers on a pursuit around the park and onto a nearby golf course. While fleeing from officers, Villalva struck a CPD police car involved in the pursuit with his vehicle.
Officers were able to deploy spike strips, which successfully stopped the vehicle.
A police report says that while Villalva’s vehicle was stopped, he continued to rev the engine and the vehicle became engulfed in fire.
Officials say that officers utilized beanbag rounds and were able to extract Villalva from the vehicle and place him into custody. The Cheyenne Fire Department extinguished the vehicle fire and Villalva was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.