(Gillette, Wyo.) A 14-year-old male was arrested early this morning after he led deputies on a high speed pursuit while driving his family’s vehicle, a white Dodge Durango.
Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said that the pursuit began near the Campbell County Recreation Center on South 4-J Road and ended more than 10 miles away on Timbercreek Road after the male crashed his vehicle into a pond.
Reynolds said that he was unsure of what caused the male to crash, nor did the report specify how fast the juvenile had been travelling.
The pursuit began at approximately 3:25 a.m. and ended around 5:40 a.m.
When deputies spoke with him, the juvenile male initially told them that his mother, who had been the one driving, had been killed in the crash.
“But upon finding evidence that no other person was in the vehicle, the suspect eventually admitted to driving,” Reynolds said.
Deputies contacted the male’s mother, confirming that she had not been involved in the pursuit.
The male was arrested and transported to the Campbell County Detention Center. He is currently charged with 13 misdemeanors including: eluding, reckless driving, interference, driving without a license, running multiple stop signs and traffic signals, and speeding.