LINGLE – Tuesday afternoon proved to be a busy day for area first responders. The Lingle Volunteer Fire Department was paged Tuesday afternoon to a brush fire on the west side of Highway 157, north of the North Platte River.
Fire crews from Lingle, Fort Laramie, Torrington, Veteran and Goshen Hole worked cooperatively to extinguish the blaze. The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Fortunately, nobody was harmed as a result of the fire, but several trees had to be cut down and barbed wire fences were destroyed due to extensive fire damage.
While working on the fire near the river, Lingle firefighters were paged to another location, west of Highway 85, across from North Hills Baptist Church for another fire. Lingle, Fort Laramie and Torrington units headed to the location and quickly extinguished the fire.
The Telegram later learned the fire was involved with a pursuit initiated by local law enforcement and 34-year-old male, Jayme Price. Price was later arrested by Goshen County Deputies after crashing his vehicle in rural Goshen County.
Price is currently incarcerated at the Goshen County Detention Center. According to the Goshen County Sheriff’s Office website, gcso.crimegraphics.com, Price is being held with no bond for two counts of reckless endangering, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police, two counts of felony property destruction and one count of misdemeanor theft.
Price is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.