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Wyoming patrol: Texas man dies after jumping from vehicle

Posted at 8:57 PM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 21:57:21-05

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A Texas man suspected of drunken driving died after jumping out of his speeding vehicle while being chased by a Wyoming state trooper on Friday, the Wyoming Highway Patrol said.

Marshall R. Acker, 43, of Tyler, Texas climbed out of his vehicle through his sunroof and jumped onto Interstate 90 near Sheridan as his vehicle traveled at around 80 mph (129 kph), the patrol said. His vehicle then crashed into the median cable divider.

The approximately 5-mile (1.6 km) pursuit of Acker started after troopers were notified of a suspected drunken driver and spotted his vehicle, which matched the description in the report. Acker was initially spotted driving at 97 mph (156 kph) in a 75 mph (121 kph) zone and failed to stop for a trooper who turned on his emergency lights and sirens.