Syndicated by: Montana News
According to a phone interview with Lieutenant Jason Stafford of the Cody Police Department Monday, April 9th, 2018, at approximately 10:45 p.m., a Cody Police Officer observed a white, Mazda Miata, with a black convertible top eastbound on Yellowstone Avenue.
The Cody police Officer had been briefed earlier that a vehicle matching this description had recently been stolen from Thermopolis, Wyoming, earlier in the day. He knew that it was involved in a vehicle pursuit involving the Park County Sheriff’s Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol, along Highway 14A between Cody and Powell, which was terminated when the driver of the vehicle began driving into oncoming traffic.
He confirmed that this vehicle was in fact the stolen vehicle from Thermopolis, Wyoming, and attempted to stop it near 8th Street and Canyon Avenue in Cody, Wyoming.
The Mazda sped up and a vehicle pursuit began. During this pursuit the Officer observed the driver and passenger switch positions within the vehicle. A short time later this vehicle pursuit was terminated at Stampede Avenue and 17th Street in Cody, Wyoming, when the Mazda began driving into oncoming traffic.
The Officers that had just terminated, this pursuit witnessed the Mazda drive up onto the island in the intersection of 17th Street and Sheridan Avenue. The vehicle appeared to be stuck on the island, so they investigated. As they pulled up to the vehicle it became free from the island and traveled westbound on Sheridan Avenue at a much slower speed. The Officers followed the Mazda behind West Park Hospital at which time the two occupants of the vehicle fled on foot.
After a short foot pursuit, one occupant, Brianna Roemmich, was taken into custody.
Park County Sheriff’s Deputies and Cody Police Officers set up a perimeter and were able to locate and detain the second occupant, Duane Jarvis,.
The Park County Sheriff’s Department played a substantial role in assisting the Cody Police Department in taking Duane Jarvis into custody.
The Cody Police Department does not often get hot police pursuits like this. In fact it is a rare that Cody had a police pursuit in the city limits. The Police Officer who was instrumental in identifying the stolen vehicle was Cody Police Officer Scott Burlingham who has been with the department for (8) years now.