Drunk Juvenile Flees in Pickup, Passenger Bails

A 17-year-old male was arrested Saturday night after reportedly fleeing in a pickup from officers while drunk, Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson said Monday.

Gillette police tracked down a black pickup driven by the 17-year-old male and his 19-year-old male passenger after staff at Common Cents reported the intoxicated individuals, Wasson said.

Officers reportedly observed a case of beer in the back seat and both individuals smelled of alcohol. When officers ordered them to step out of the vehicle, however, the 17-year-old male drove away, according to Wasson.

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The 19-year-old male reportedly pled with the 17-year-old to stop before leaping out of the moving vehicle after his pleas went ignored, Wasson said.

The pickup was later located and stopped by Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers around an hour later. The 17-year-old male was arrested for driving under the influence, minor in possession, reckless driving, eluding, and no insurance, per Wasson.

Officers also cited the 19-year-old male for consuming alcohol under the age of 21.