A Riverton man is accused of leading law enforcement on a chase, and then trying to bury himself in the mud.

Forty-five year old Donald Caraveau has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of Interference with a peace officer, eluding, careless driving, no insurance, no interlock and a 2nd offense of driving while under suspension.

The Natrona County Sheriff's Office says sometime after 1pm on Thursday, April 28th, a deputy received a tip about a suspicious vehicle in Edgerton, and when the vehicle was found, it was discovered that there was no front license plate, and the rear license plate was partially obscured.

After he was pulled over, the driver (later determined to be Caraveau) was unable to produce an insurance card, said he had lost his driver's license, and provided a name that was later determined to be fake, because the name was of a deceased person.

When the deputy approached the vehicle a second time, Caraveau hit the gas and took off at a high rate of speed.

A chase ensued in which Caraveau failed to stop at multiple stop signs, and was driving as fast as 80 miles per hour, on one of the main roads in the town of Midwest.

Eventually, he turned onto an oilfield road that dead ended at a creek, where he then exited the vehicle and crossed the creek.

After waiting for backup, the deputy followed the footprints in the mud, which led him to a small ravine, where Caraveau had tried to bury himself in the mud, but he still had his head sticking out and he was taken into custody.

Investigators later learned that Caraveau had his license suspended for DUI, and he had a felony warrant out of Campbell County on unrelated charges including probation violation, plus he was required to have an ignition interlock device.

He is awaiting trial on $4,000 bond.

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