Driver cited after driving car into hotel Thursday

(Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Law enforcement officers located and cited a man who allegedly admitted to driving his car into the National 9 Inn last night, resulting in significant damage to the building, authorities said Friday.

Gillette Police officers and Campbell County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call after it was reported a suspect, later found to be a 26-year-old man, drove his 2006 Saturn into the side of the hotel around 9:37 p.m., according to Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson and Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny.

The man fled from the area to Stanley Avenue and was tracked there by a deputy who followed a trail of broken glass that led out the southern parking lot exit onto E. 4th Street, Matheny said.

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Broken glass leading out the southern parking lot exit towards E. 4th Street. (Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

He approached the deputy and reportedly admitted that he was responsible for the damage, which was estimated at $10,000 on Sept. 2, according to Wasson.

The man told officers that he had been sitting in his car outside the hotel when a 32-year-old man approached and punched him, Wasson continued, adding that the man claimed he hit the gas to get away and accidentally drove forward instead of reversing.

Officers cited the man for improper lookout, Wasson said.