Roger Forsman, of Great Falls, Montana, is in the custody of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office after he engaged in a crime spree that began in Buffalo, according to law enforcement.
Forsman was charged in Sixth Judicial District Circuit Court in Gillette with one count of driving under the influence, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of theft, three counts of felony destruction of property, three counts of interference with a police officer and one misdemeanor count of eluding, according to reporting by the Gillette News Record.
Forsman will also be charged in Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in Buffalo with theft and three misdemeanor possession charges for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and morphine.
Johnson County Sheriff Rod Odenbach said that Forsman is accused of stealing a pickup truck and a horse trailer from Buffalo before driving to Campbell County on Aug. 18.
County17 reported that Forsman came to the attention of Campbell County law enforcement after Forsman crashed the stolen truck, a 2015 Dodge Ram, into a Ford F-150 near mile marker 120 on Interstate 90 around 9:50 p.m. Forsman fled the scene.
One of the occupants of the F-150 was seriously injured, and the other was taken to Campbell County Health for evaluation.
Forsman was then found to be driving a stolen Ford F-250 by a deputy on his way to investigate a report regarding that vehicle, according to reporting by County17. Forsman attempted to crash into the deputy before traveling eastbound on I-90 and then onto Wyoming Highway 50, pursued by the deputy who had managed to avoid Forsman.
A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper attempted to intervene, but Forsman crashed into the side of the trooper’s vehicle. The trooper was treated for minor injuries. A Gillette Police officer attempted to deploy spike strips to stop Forsman, but Forsman veered toward the officer, who narrowly managed to escape, according to County17.
Forsman then drove through a field before abandoning the truck and fleeing on foot. Police allege that Forsman then stole a red Jeep Gladiator. State troopers located the Jeep traveling east on I-90 at 104 miles per hour. They managed to disable the vehicle with spike strips before taking Forsman into custody and transporting him to the Campbell County Detention Center, County17 reported.
Odenbach said that Forsman will be charged in Johnson County with theft of the truck and trailer, but given the severity of his crimes in Campbell County, those charges will be addressed first.
Forsman appeared in court on Aug. 19 and is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.