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.

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.

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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.