Posted: Jan 26, 2011 2:42 PM by KXLF News Staff
Updated: Jan 26, 2011 4:54 PM
A suspect in an assault on the campus of Montana Tech was arrested following a high-speed chase in Wyoming today.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol issued a press release on the arrest of Brandon Curry, 28, who is suspected of assaulting a female student with a knife in the restroom of the Montana Tech library at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Curry was captured by Wyoming troopers after morning chase, according to the release.
The woman told police that a man forced her into a library restroom, held a knife at her throat and punched her in the face. The woman fought off the attacker and escaped with minor injuries.
Curry was identified as a person of interest in the assault when his vehicle was identified as he left the campus area, the release states.
Just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, a Wyoming trooper patrolling about six miles east of Laramie on Interstate 80 clocked an eastbound black Honda Accord at 100 mph. The trooper, who was westbound and unable to cross the median due to a cable barrier, radioed ahead to another trooper who conducted a traffic stop on the violator, the release states.
"The second trooper was able to stop the speeding vehicle on a stretch of Interstate 80 known as ‘The Summit.' The trooper walked up to the window of the Honda and asked the driver for his driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Upon handing the documents to the trooper, Curry put his vehicle in reverse and intentionally rammed the front of the trooper's patrol car," it states.
Curry then sped off and crossed the median heading down "The Summit" westbound on the interstate. Despite moderate damage to the trooper's car, the trooper pursued Curry who reached speeds of 130 mph.
Road spikes were deployed about nine miles later in front of Curry's Honda, which ran over the spikes. Curry continued driving but lost control of the vehicle while attempted to negotiate a curve on the off-ramp. His car slowed in the snow and dirt and a trooper rammed the passenger side of his car, ending the chase, authorities say.
Curry then tried to flee on foot, crossing about 75 yards before troopers chased him down and tackled him.
At the time of the initial traffic stop, Wyoming troopers were not aware that Curry was wanted in the State of Montana, they say.
As a result of the pursuit, Curry was charged in Wyoming with eluding, reckless driving, felony interference with a peace officer, felony property damage, driving while under the influence (2nd offense) and open container.