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DRIVER'S SUICIDE BAFFLES POLICE

Carbon County police have no idea why a young man shot himself Sunday afternoon while being pursued for speeding.

Police know little other than his name, which was being withheld pending notification of next of kin."I've sent out nationwide teletypes to see if anyone knows him or has any interest in him," said Wellington Police Chief Lee Barry.

About 4:30 p.m., Barry observed the man, 21, driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on Main Street in Wellington. Barry pursued the car for about a mile when it veered off to the right and hit a fence.

With guns drawn, Barry and other officers approached the car to find the driver dead. He had apparently shot himself once in the heart with a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol, Barry said.

The car was stolen Sept. 6 from a rental company at the Los Angeles Airport. The gun had been purchased Sept. 21 at a Las Vegas pawn shop.

Barry said the man had identification cards from Nevada; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and New Jersey. All of the cards listed the same information, so police do not think they are bogus cards. The man had no outstanding warrants and had no contraband in the car.

"I don't know how he was eating and buying gas. He had no money or credit cards," Barry said.