DATE: NOVEMBER 11TH, 2015
TITLE: PURSUIT SOUTH OF BUFFALO LEADS TO SHERIDAN MAN’S ARREST
A pursuit in the afternoon of November 11th south of Buffalo, Wyoming on Interstate 25 has resulted in the arrest of 33 year old Joseph T. DeVries of Sheridan, Wyoming.
Around 2:40 p.m. on the 11th, a Wyoming State Trooper spotted a black 2006 Honda motorcycle speeding 110 mph in an 80 mph zone at mile post 255 on Interstate 25 northbound. As the Trooper began to catch up to the motorcycle, the motorcycle began to accelerate. The Trooper caught up to the motorcycle at mile post 271 as the Honda still failed to stop for the Trooper. A pursuit ensued northbound on I-25 with speeds reaching 150 mph as WHP Dispatch sent additional law enforcement towards the pursuit. At mile post 288, the motorcycle turned around in the median and proceeded south on I-25. At mile post 285 southbound, the motorcycle went into the west ditch where DeVries lost control and laid the bike down at a slow speed.
DeVries took off southbound on foot. As he ran away, Troopers observed him drop a pistol from his waistband while running. Troopers were able to catch up to DeVries and take him into custody at gunpoint. After DeVries’ arrest, Troopers discovered the pistol he had dropped was stolen.
DeVries was evaluated at the Johnson County Health Center in Buffalo for any possible injury sustained from laying the motorcycle down and has been taken to the Johnson County Detention Center in Buffalo. He has been charged with eluding, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, possession of stolen property as well as being held on a felony warrant out of Campbell County Wyoming for parole violation.
Other charges are pending as the investigation continues.
A female passenger on the motorcycle, 24 year old Kimberly Schempp, also from Sheridan, was taken to the Johnson County Health Center in Buffalo for treatment and is not facing any charges.