The high speed chase that took place Wednesday morning in Sheridan County that ended in a one-vehicle crash in Shell Canyon in Big Horn County now has some closure. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.
The three occupants of the 1999 Dodge Intrepid are all from the Waterford Pennsylvania area. The driver of the vehicle, a male runaway and his female runaway companion along with an 18 year-old male friend apparently filled their car with fuel in Buffalo and then drove off without paying.
Speeds reached near 100 mph on I-90 until the vehicle exited at the 5th Street Interchange in Sheridan. When the vehicle entered Sheridan the driver reduced his speed, however; still refused to stop and continued through Sheridan on 5th Street out of the city limits. The chase continued to the town of Dayton where the vehicle then turned westbound onto US 14, and lead Troopers over the top of the Big Horn Mountains, crossing over Granite Pass and into Shell Canyon. Upon seeing a Trooper ahead of them the driver lost control of his vehicle crashing into a rocky hillside. The crash left the vehicle disabled and Troopers then took all 3 occupants into custody without further incident.
The 18 year-old, Cody Sorenson, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. A user amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in his possession. The juvenile male driver is facing charges of attempted eluding in Sheridan and Big Horn County as well as reckless driving in both counties. The individuals could also face charges of theft of fuel from the bill skip in Buffalo.
The two juvenile runaways are being held for their return back to Pennsylvania. The Dodge Intrepid belonged to one of the runaways’ parents and had not been reported stolen.