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A man accused of leading police on a chase through Glenrock and shooting at authorities this summer pleaded guilty Monday to six felonies.

Christopher J. Eads entered his pleas to the six charges in a federal courtroom in Cheyenne. They are: conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, assault on a federal officer and two counts of carjacking.

In exchange for his pleas, Eads had three other charges against him dismissed, according to court documents. He had also faced charges alleging he possessed heroin and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, discharged a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and was a felon in possession of a firearm.

Other details of the deal were not available Monday as they were placed under seal.

Law enforcement arrested Eads and his girlfriend, Santana Keener, in June after the couple fled an attempted traffic stop by state troopers and agents of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation on Interstate 25. Authorities pursued the couple, and during the ensuing chase, authorities say Eads shot at law enforcement vehicles.

The couple drove their car off the highway at Glenrock and abandoned it, court documents allege. While police searched for it, they received a report of an elderly woman bleeding from the head.

The woman told police a man went into her home through the back entrance, pushed her to the ground and attacked her before taking her car keys. The woman, who is in her 80s, had a broken rib, a broken toe and a laceration to her scalp that required 18 staples to close, according to the documents.

Law enforcement later found the woman’s car abandoned nearby. Officers also found Keener, who was hiding in a field about 400 yards away from the crashed vehicle.

Police arrested Keener, who later admitted to officers that she was in the car during the interstate chase and handed Eads a gun, which he then used to shoot at officers. She also said she witnessed Eads attack the elderly woman and steal a law enforcement vehicle. She said she and Eads had been traveling with a “large amount of controlled substances,” according to the documents.

Authorities later found 18 grams of heroin in Keener’s possession during a cavity search after her arrest.

Agents with the Division of Criminal Investigation had been watching Eads because they suspected he was a “major distributor” of methamphetamine and heroin in the Casper area, documents show.

Eads was arrested hours later. He allegedly drove to Casper, hid in a car shop and refused to exit when police arrived. After hours of negotiation, he was taken into custody.

Eads is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 16 in Casper.

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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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