An attempted armed robbery of a Vernon pharmacy led to a high speed chase across Wilbarger County last Wednesday.
Richard Vernon Fox, 38, of Clancy, Montana, was booked into the Wilbarger County Jail on felony charges of aggravated robbery and evading arrest with a motor vehicle. He is still being held on bonds totaling $70,000.
The incident began at around 8:33 a.m. Wednesday when Vernon Police Department officers were dispatched a pharmacy on Hillcrest Drive.
The chase allegedly included Fox driving his vehicle the wrong way in the southbound lanes of U.S. 287 — forcing oncoming traffic, with a posted speed of 75 mph, to take evasive action to avoid front end collisions. Fox then drove off the highway back over the median and onto Hillcrest Drive.
The chase ended when Wilbarger County Sheriff Brian Fritze used his patrol truck to force the suspect vehicle off the road eight miles south of Vernon on U. S 183.
“He was playing chicken with other cars, forcing them off the highway into the ditch,” Sheriff Fritze said. “When he started to turn back around and head back into Vernon, I made a decision to end it, he wasn’t going to go back and do that again through town. It’s just the Grace of God that he didn’t kill anyone.”
The investigation is on going and additional charges are pending.
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