Pursuit of Speeding Motorcycle Ends in Suicide Near Rawlins

Pursuit of Speeding Motorcycle Ends in Suicide Near Rawlins
Pursuit of Speeding Motorcycle Ends in Suicide Near Rawlins

What could have been a traffic stop ended in tragedy Thursday night when a motorcyclist sped away from a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper just a few miles west of Arlington. After leading troopers in a westbound chase of more than 50 miles in Interstate 80, the driver, a 29 year-old Rawlins man named Chad Nickelson, ditched the motorcycle and took off on foot.

Troopers report that they heard a shot, soon followed by another, after chasing the man on foot for 200 yards. Nickelson was pronounced dead at the scene due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Although an investigation is ongoing, WHP Sergeant Stephen Townsend said in a press release that the motorcycle was a 2007 Suzuki - reported stolen in August in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Townsend said the motorcycle had a stolen Wyoming license plate on it.

Troopers said they believe Nickelson eventually fled on foot alongside Highway 76, just east of Rawlins, because the motorcycle either had a mechanical failure or ran out of gas.

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