Not Your Typical DUI
Drunk driving arrests typically begin with a traffic stop. However, for two DUI arrests yesterday, that was not the case.
Just after 4 p.m. June 13, an 18-year-old female called the Gillette Police Department to report a Nissan Xterra that was driving erratically in the area of Foothills Theater. The Nissan allegedly hit the female’s Ford pickup, causing extensive damage before leaving the parking lot.
A 23-year-old male witness recorded the incident with his cell phone.
At almost the same time, an employee at Teddy Bear Day Care reported that a Nissan Xterra hit a light pole outside the business, then headed east on Warlow Drive.
Officers located the vehicle with severe front-end damage at the Warlow Drive Apartments. The 27-year-old male driver allegedly fled on foot. Officers contacted the man at his apartment, where he was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence, no insurance, reckless driving, no valid driver license, failure to report an accident, and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Just after 2 a.m. this morning, an officer witnessed a Dodge Challenger traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 90, near the Burma Avenue overpass.
The officer clocked the vehicle at 106 mph, before following the Challenger to find it crashed near the Skyline exit.
The 27-year-old female driver was uninjured in the crash, but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.
The female was arrested for driving under the influence, speeding, and reckless driving.