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William Midgett

William Midgett

A local man led police on a car chase through Casper and into Evansville early Thursday morning before being arrested, authorities say.

William Midgett, 32, of East 21st Street in Casper, eventually lost control of the SUV he was driving and hit a curb, police say. After Midgett allegedly took off on foot, a Casper police detective caught and arrested him.

The chase began around 3:45 a.m. when Midgett turned at the intersection of Wilson and 15th streets without signaling, according to police documents. When a police officer turned his lights and siren on, Midgett sped up and turned the headlights of the Toyota SUV off.

The officer stopped chasing the SUV about a mile down the road.

A detective spotted the SUV, which is not registered to Midgett, driving north on Walsh Street near Eighth Street, the documents indicate. After a chase that led officers around the east side of town, police again gave up the pursuit.

Police spotted the Toyota and gave chase once more, following Midgett up Poplar Street on a bridge crossing a rail yard, according to the documents. Midgett drove on the wrong side of the road in a construction zone crossing the bridge while police chased him into Evansville.

Midgett then lost control of the SUV at Cielo Vista Street and Copper Avenue in Evansville and rode up onto a curb, according to police. He got out of the vehicle and began running before facing the detective with his hands held in front of him in a shooter’s stance.

He again took flight. The detective outran Midgett and caught up to him about a block away.

Police say they found a digital scale, various containers containing marijuana, THC lotion and baggies containing white powder.

Midgett was booked into jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, interference with police, eluding police and reckless driving. He was expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

The documents do not indicate if Midgett had a gun.

Follow crime reporter Shane Sanderson on Twitter @shanersanderson

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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