Couple wanted for stealing truck and trailer arrested Friday

Uinta County Sheriff’s Office deputies Aaron Hutchinson and Hunter Grasinger apprehend Steven C. Taylor on Friday, July 24. Taylor was wanted for allegedly stealing a pickup and trailer before leading local law enforcement on a chase into the Uinta Mountains Wednesday evening. His wife, Amanda L. Taylor, was arrested later on Friday in Evanston (COURTESY PHOTO/Uinta County Sheriff’s Office)

EVANSTON — A couple of fugitives were arrested separately on Friday, after two days of searching that followed a pursuit by local law enforcement agencies on Wednesday near Evanston.

According to a press release issued Thursday by the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO), deputies were involved in a chase that included Evanston police officers and Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers the evening of Wednesday, July 22.

During the pursuit, the vehicle, a two-tone gray Dodge Ram 1500, was traveling “south out of Evanston and onto an old sheep trail that leads to the south of Tokewanna Estates on County Road 271 (Meeks Cabin Dam Road),” according to the release.

Officials at the time were looking for 44-year-old Steven C. Taylor and 34-year-old Sara Haliw, but Sgt. Brooke Hale with the UCSO said it turns out Haliw wasn’t involved. She said deputies had found Haliw’s identification, and there were reports that Taylor had a female passenger, so they initially thought Haliw could be the other suspect.

However, once deputies were able to locate Steven Taylor of Thorton, Colorado, on Friday, the male suspect said he’d dropped off a female passenger in Evanston before the pursuit into the Uinta Mountains. Hale said the Evanston Police Department arrested Amanda L. Taylor, Steven Taylor’s 36-year-old wife who is also from Thorton, on Friday afternoon. Officers had found her occupying a camp trailer within city limits. Investigators received a tip about Steven Taylor after a sheepherder saw him in the area southwest of Meeks Cabin Dam.

Hale said Evanston officers tried to stop the stolen pickup near a carwash on Cheyenne Drive Wednesday evening before Steven Taylor fled. The truck, which was allegedly stolen out of Cheyenne, became stuck on a sheep trail after the transmission went out. The pickup was towing an enclosed trailer that Hale said was stolen in Laramie.

Steven Taylor allegedly fled on foot “into a heavily forested area off the Blacks Fork Sheep Lane” after the pickup broke down. Deputies remained in the area to search for the suspects and notified residents of their search. Steven Taylor was located, with the help of area ranchers, by UCSO deputies and taken into custody without incident.

Steven Taylor was booked into the Uinta County Detention Center on a felony warrant out of Colorado, along with burglary, felony eluding with property damage in excess of $10,000, unlawful use of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

Amanda Taylor was also booked into the local jail for charges of burglary and property destruction.

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