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C17 Crime Clips for Monday, May 22

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a brief summary of notable crimes in and around Gillette over the weekend, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. 

Juvenile problem, May 21, Wright, CCSO

Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny said the Wright Junior High School principal reported at 3:25 p.m. that he could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage on the breath of an 18-year-old woman, who admitted to consuming about half of a beer. The woman indicated positive on a preliminary breath test, so deputies were dispatched to handle the call. The test gave a reading of zeroes a few times before giving a reading. The student was allowed to leave and attend graduation. She received a citation for consuming alcohol while under the age of 21 in a public place.

Driving under suspension, May 21, Little Powder Road, CCSO

A 53-year-old man received a citation at 9:52 p.m. for driving under suspension after he was stopped for operating a three-wheeler with no headlights, Matheny said.

REDDI, May 19, Douglas Highway, GPD

Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said police are investigating following a Pat’s Liquor bartender’s report at 11:13 p.m. that a gas meter on the side of the building had been struck. The damage was less than $1,000.

Reckless endangerment, May 20, Gurley Avenue, GPD

Wasson said that at 1:51 a.m. May 20, staff and patrons at Boot Hill reported that a man threatened to go to his car and get a gun. The suspect was described as a man in his early 20s with red hair, a white shirt or sweatshirt, blue jeans and facial tattoos. Prior to officers’ arrival, a member of security, a 36-year-old man, confronted the suspect and removed an airsoft pistol from the man’s waistband after he entered the bar from the parking lot. The suspect fled back to the parking lot and left the area. The incident is under investigation.

Destruction of property, May 20, Butler Spaeth Road, GPD

Wasson said a 27-year-old man told police at 8:56 a.m. that he found that his 2000 Chevrolet parked on Butler Spaeth Road had three tires cut and both windshield wiper arms broken between 4 and 8:30 a.m. May 20, causing about $1,000 in damage. The investigation is ongoing.

Vehicle accident, May 20, Greenway Drive, GPD

Officers responded at 11:03 a.m. May 20 to Greenway Drive regarding a two-vehicle crash, Wasson said. A 17-year-old man driving a 2008 Ford collided with an unoccupied 1986 Ford. The youth’s vehicle was rendered inoperable and was towed. Damage was estimated to exceed $1,000. There were no injuries. The youth was issued a citation for improper lookout.

DUI, May 21, Boxelder and Butler Spaeth roads, GPD

At 1:57 a.m., officers observed a 2005 Chevrolet truck fail to maintain a single lane of travel and strike a curb, Wasson said. They attempted to stop the vehicle, but it didn’t stop, even with sirens and lights activated. Officers followed the vehicle at approximately 25 mph, and they ultimately arrived on Church Avenue. The driver, a 20-year-old man, was obviously intoxicated and refused to perform standardized field sobriety tests. He was arrested and charged with DUI and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Agency assist, May 21, Douglas Highway, GPD

Two women, both age 31, got into a fight at 3:47 p.m. May 21 at Fairfield Inn, Wasson said. According to witnesses, one of them was the aggressor. That aggressor was found to have a warrant out of Fremont County on an original charge of DUI. She was arrested on the warrant and charged with physical breach of peace. As she wouldn’t identify herself accurately, she was charged with interference. During the dispute, she removed the other woman’s glasses and broke them, so she was charged with destruction of property. There was no indication regarding what the fight was about. Wasson said he believes the women know each other.

Through C17 Clips, County 17 strives to provide 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 victims’ identities and to avoid compromising ongoing criminal investigations.