Pursuit Ends In Downtown Torrington

Apr 19, 2021 | Regional News

Torrington, Wyo. (RELEASE from WHP) April 19, 2021 — Around 6:45 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) Trooper attempted to stop a Ford F-150 for speeding 84 mph in a 70 mph zone around milepost 68 on US 85.  The driver of the Ford failed to stop and fled north on US 85. 

WHP Troopers pursued the truck north towards Torrington, Wyoming.  The driver increased his speed to over 100 mph in an attempt to evade law enforcement.  The Torrington Police Department was notified of the approaching pursuit and successfully deployed spike strips to deflate the tires of the Ford F-150 south of Torrington, Wyoming.  The driver continued to evade law enforcement by driving on the rims of the vehicle.  The pursued Ford came to a stop in Torrington after colliding with the Arby’s sign.  The driver was taken into custody without further incident.   
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as a 29-year-old Denver, Colorado resident Willie F. Zanders.   
Zanders was charged with fleeing to elude, felony possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), driving on a suspended license, speeding, and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony.  
The Torrington Police Department and Goshen County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this incident.