Gillette Man Avoids First Set of Spike Strips in High Speed Chase But Not Second

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By Ryan Lewallen, County 17

A Gillette man has been charged with felony eluding following an early morning pursuit that began on Echeta Road and ended on Garner Lake Road, Gillette law enforcement said Thursday.

Mario Arguello, 31, is accused of fleeing from a Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy attempting to stop him for speeding on Highway 14-16 and Echeta Road around 2:15 a.m. on May 6, CCSO Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said.

Arguello was pursued after accelerating onto Foothills Blvd and onto Goldenrod Avenue in a black 2001 GMC Sierra, Reynolds continued, adding that the suspect fled back onto Foothills Blvd and onto Echeta Road, ultimately making his way onto eastbound Interstate 90.

Deputies deployed spike strips under an overpass near Rozet, but Arguello evaded by driving up the exit ramp onto the overpass itself, looping back and merging onto westbound I-90.

Arguello’s speed varied between 80 and 90 mph, according to Reynolds, who added that during the pursuit, deputies were made aware that the suspect had a felony bond revocation arrest warrant on an original charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Arguello’s speed varied between 80 and 90 mph until a second attempt to spike the vehicle was successful at mile marker 130, where the suspected left the interstate via exit 129 onto Garner Lake Road and stopped.

The suspect was taken into custody at 2:51 a.m. without further incident and charged with felony eluding as well as interference, per Reynolds.

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