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C17 Crime Clips for Monday, Feb. 27

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a brief summary of all things crime that happened in and around Gillette over the weekend, obtained through law enforcement reports from the Gillette Police Department (GPD) and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

DUI, Feb. 25, 4-J and Skyline Drive, CCSO

Sheriff Scott Matheny said that a 19-year-old man in a 1999 Ford Explorer without registration was found stuck on the side of West 4-J near Grand View Drive. When deputies arrived, the man immediately approached the deputy, said he was cold and asked to get into the patrol vehicle, Matheny said. The man was driving westbound around the corner, slid off the roadway and became stuck and said all the damage to the vehicle was old except that his driver’s window busted on impact, according to Matheny. Deputies smelled the odor of alcohol and the man refused preliminary breath tests but attempted field sobriety tests, which he performed poorly, Matheny said. The man was arrested for DUI, and his breath sample and test resulted in a .172, according to Matheny. The man was issued a citation and was to be released on zeroes, Matheny said.

Domestic assault, Feb. 25, Wright, CCSO

Matheny said that deputies responded at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 25 after a woman said her husband had hit her. The husband was placed under arrest for domestic assault, issued a citation for the offense and transported to the detention center, according to Matheny.

DUI, Feb. 26, Second Street and Emerson Avenue, CCSO

Matheny said deputies at 2:11 a.m. Feb. 26 observed a vehicle that appeared to be stopped eastbound on Second Street. The deputy who approached the vehicle found that the vehicle was traveling about 3 to 5 mph, Matheny said. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and observed the odor of alcohol, he said. The man, 32, said that he had a flat tire and was headed to get air, but the vehicle didn’t have a flat tire, according to Matheny. The man performed unsatisfactorily on field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and driving too slowly, Matheny said.

K-9 Narcotics, Feb. 25, Douglas Highway, GPD

Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said police at 10:32 a.m. Feb. 25 conducted a K-9 sniff on Ramada Inn staff’s request, and the K-9 indicated an odor of controlled substance on a room that was supposed to have been vacant for more than a week. However, once staff allowed officers into the room, it was apparent that someone had entered the room and disturbed it as there were clothes on the ground and food in the refrigerator, Wasson said. There were no controlled substances located, he said. There was no indication of how the room was entered, Wasson said.

Minors in a bar, Feb. 25, Gurley Avenue, GPD

Wasson said that after Boot Hill staff informed police Feb. 25 that there may be underage individuals in the bar, officers met with a 20-year-old man and three 19-year-old women who all admitted to using fake IDs to enter the bar and consuming alcohol. The women, who didn’t have alcohol in their system, were cited for minor in a bar, Wasson said. The man was cited for minor in a bar and minor in consumption of alcohol, Wasson said. The fake IDs were confiscated, Wasson said. While officers were still at the bar, they were notified that a fourth woman was present who might be under the influence, he said. The woman admitted using false ID to enter the bar and was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and she was cited for minor in a bar and minor in consumption, Wasson said.

Battery, Feb. 26, Gillette, GPD

A 47-year-old woman reported at 6:01 p.m. Feb. 26 that her ex-boyfriend, 45, forced entry into her home and assaulted her and her 55-year-old friend after the ex-boyfriend asked if he could come to her home and she’d told him she had company over, Wasson said. The man arrived a short time later, was upset and began banging on the door, and the woman and her friend barricaded themselves in a room, Wasson said. The 45-year-old forced himself into the residence through the front door and forced himself into the main bedroom, Wasson said. The 45-year-old found the 55-year-old in the main bathroom and struck him in the face about four times and pulled a medical monitor off the 55-year-old man’s chest, Wasson said. The woman complained of pain to her head because she was struck by the 45-year-old after she tried to intervene, according to Wasson. The 45-year-old man fled the scene and was found at his residence, Wasson said. The 45-year-old man claimed he had permission to enter the residence and did so but when he found the 55-year-old man’s truck in the driveway, he became upset, and he was also upset when he saw the 55-year-old man in the bathroom, according to Wasson. The man was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful entry into an occupied structure, battery and domestic battery, Wasson said. Wasson said he assumes the man lives in Gillette and that while the report doesn’t indicate whether anyone had to go to the hospital, it’s doubtful. Wasson also said that to his knowledge, there was no protection order in place.

DUI, Feb. 26, Douglas Highway, GPD

A man told police at 8:06 p.m. Feb. 26 that a black truck in the 2700 block of South Douglas Highway appeared to have been involved in a crash and that the male driver appeared to be intoxicated, Wasson said. Officers found a 50-year-old man operating a 2018 GMC truck struck a traffic light pole in the median near Lakeway Road and Highway 59, Wasson said. An additional witness said the man had been driving down the wrong side of the road before the crash, Wasson said. The man performed field sobriety tests but quit, according to Wasson. The man was arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of a crash and no proof of insurance.

Through C17 Clips, County 17 strives to provide our readers with the most detailed and comprehensive list of law enforcement interactions with the citizens of Gillette and Campbell County, however, some information will be withheld to protect the identities of victims and to avoid compromising ongoing criminal investigations