High-speed chase ends at Cunningham Cabin

By on August 5, 2013
Ron Tucker (TCSO)

Ron Tucker (TCSO)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO - For the second time this summer park rangers were forced to deploy spike strips in order to shut down a non-cooperative motorist who led one ranger in a high-speed chase north of Moose, Wyo., late Sunday night.

Ronald Lynell Tucker, 57, of Victorville, California, was observed crossing the center line several times by a park ranger north of Moose Junction. Tucker did not recognize the ranger’s attempt to pull him over. He instead increased his speed from 40 to 60 mph. The nighttime speed limit for Highway 89 is 45 mph.

The ranger in pursuit called for backup. Two north district rangers stationed in Moran responded and placed a tire-shredder near Triangle X Ranch. Tucker’s tires were flattened by the device known to law enforcement as a “stinger.” Still, he rode the rims for another mile, coming to a stop near the historical marker Cunningham Cabin.

During the pursuit, the ranger observed Tucker toss something from his 2002 Ford pickup. A drug detection dog later found the item which authorities positively identified as a controlled substance. Authorities said Tucker has a “lengthy criminal history.”

Tucker was booked on charges of interference with agency functions, operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, refusing to submit to a blood alcohol/drug test, and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken into custody and placed in the Teton County jail pending an appearance before the federal magistrate.

On July 15, rangers used spike strips to bring 19-year-old Cheyenne Surtees of Edmond, Oklahoma, to a stop after she attempted to elude police by hitting speeds of 90 mph as she was headed north out of town on Highway 89. Surtees remains in county lockup on multiple federal charges.


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