Two fugitives, one wanted in both Colorado and Natrona County, Wyoming, were arrested Friday following a car chase through Casper that ended near 1150 Wilkins Circle on the city’s northwest side.
Casper Police Department spokesperson Amber Freestone said the department received a tip that Christian Cole, 32, and Paige Stewler-Hall, 26, were in the area. Officers from several agencies, along with the Casper Police Department, converged on the area.
An eyewitness to the vehicle chase contacted Cowboy State Daily to report that “at least 20 local and state police pulling out by Motel 6 screaming down slippery Wilkins Circle chasing silver car.”
The witness shared police “attempted several pit stops, which was successful at bottom of hill. … The guy ran, abandoning his girlfriend who was down on the ground being handcuffed. They and a dog were all chasing him on foot when we drove by.”
Two employees at Motel 6 who declined to be identified confirmed the presence of multiple police pursuing a vehicle by the motel.
In a CPD news release about the incident, Freestone reports the fugitives “fled in a vehicle, ramming two law enforcement vehicles and heading south on Poplar Street.” She said a “partnering agency” was able to do a “tactical vehicle intervention” and stop the vehicle.
Cole then ran on foot and was subdued and arrested by Casper officers and their partners. Strewler-Hall also was arrested, Freestone reported.
Cole is a fugitive wanted in Colorado on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and on multiple Natrona County Sheriff’s Office warrants, Freestone said.
Natrona County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Kierra Grogan said those warrants include three for probation violations and one for blackmail.
Streweler-Hall was recently released from a Colorado jail on a $75,000 bond for several charges that include possession of controlled substances and eluding police, Freestone reported.
Police found methamphetamine and fentanyl in the vehicle and charges against the pair are pending, Freestone reported.
Additional that who responded to the scene and collaborated on the arrest include the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Animal Services, Department of Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, Casper Fire and EMS responders.
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