EVANSTON — Three people were hospitalized on Saturday, Aug. 1, and a Utah man was arrested following a head-on collision on Interstate 80 just east of Evanston.
According to a Facebook post by Uinta County Fire and Ambulance, three people were transported to Evanston Regional Hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Four other people were treated and released at the scene.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol arrested 24-year-old Zachary Talbot, of Utah, after he allegedly led law enforcement on a short high-speed chase. WHP Lt. Matt Arnell told the Herald that Talbot was clocked going 91 mph as he came up behind a trooper, who slowed down to let the vehicle pass around milepost 17. Once the trooper turned on his emergency lights, Arnell said the suspect increased his speed to about 130 mph.
Arnell said the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Impala, was listed as stolen out of Utah. The chase continued until milepost 13, where Arnell said Talbot exited I-80.
“He proceeded up to exit 13, went up under the interstate then went on the offramp on eastbound I-80,” Arnell said, traveling against traffic.
The vehicle collided head-on with an SUV shortly after. Arnell said Talbot admitted to using heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. Charges had not been filed by press time, but Uinta County Attorney Loretta Howieson-Kallas said she is preparing charges that include felonies for eluding officers while causing bodily injury and property damage, along with theft for concealing stolen property and DUI for causing serious bodily injury.