18-year-old Sheridan resident Patrick Mayfield had his initial appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court Monday afternoon. Mayfield was arrested over the weekend on six different counts, including one Felony count of Larceny and one Felony count of Burglary. On the night of Friday, September 10th, Mayfield, along with a female juvenile accomplice allegedly stole a 1999 GMC Yukon from a residence in Sheridan.
After being spotted by a deputy with the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office, Mayfield led authorities on a high speed chase that reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. Troopers from the Wyoming Highway Patrol assisted the deputies in the pursuit of the vehicle and set up spike strips that the vehicle did indeed travel over.
The pursuit continued and the two individuals in the vehicle stopped and abandoned the vehicle and eluded the authorities until the next morning, where they were both arrested near Ucross after a resident reported two suspicious people in the area.
Upon further investigation, authorities learned that Mayfield also entered a vehicle on the night of September 10th, where he allegedly stole a lighter and a flashlight. He also allegedly attempted to steal another vehicle and enter several other cars that night but was unsuccessful in doing so.
Judge John Sampson set a $25,000 cash only bond for Mayfield, as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett pointed out to the Judge that Mayfield has a history of stealing vehicles. The female juvenile is also being charged with larceny for her role in the crime; however, her case will be handled in juvenile court.