EVANSTON — The driver of a wrong-way vehicle, identified a Chance Salcedo, was arrested and booked into the Uinta County Detention Center Sunday morning.
Uinta County Sheriff Dough Matthews issued a press release after the Pioneer had asked about the incident of a spiking of tires on I-80 Sunday morning. According to the release, shortly before 8 a.m. Uinta County Dispatch was advised of a wrong-way driver eastbound in the westbound lane of I-80 still in Utah, but traveling towards Wyoming.
Evanston Police Officers located the suspect vehicle, a 1995 white Cadillac with Sweetwater County plates as it passed by Evanston. Evanston Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Salcedo, 31, refused to stop.
A Uinta County Deputy continued to pursue the suspect vehicle still traveling east in the westbound lane reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour. Due to poor weather conditions, I-80 was closed allowing deputies to pursue the vehicle with little risk to other vehicles.
Upon reaching the Road Closed Gate at milepost #34, the driver crashed through the gate and continued eastbound. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers attempted to spike the suspect vehicle’s tires at milepost #42, but were unsuccessful. Another state trooper was able to force the suspect vehicle to the side of the roadway near milepost #52, where it became stuck in the snow.
The driver was quickly taken into custody and booked into the Uinta County Detention Center. Salcedo was charged with reckless driving, eluding and property destruction. An estimate to repair the Road Closed Gate is $6,000