Police say Casper man crashed stolen Jeep after armed robbery of gas station

Police say Casper man crashed stolen Jeep after armed robbery of gas station

CASPER, Wyo. — Police have charged a Casper male with brandishing a weapon at a Loaf ’N Jug, stealing a functioning Jeep from the parking lot (injuring the Jeep’s proprietor in the getaway) and crashing the car or truck about a quarter-mile down the road.

Gage Hardwick, 31, was arrested at the scene of the crash at all around 2 a.m. Monday close to the intersection of Cottonwood Street and Collins Push (where Collins winds all-around the 3 Crowns Golf Program).

According to the police report, the Jeep struck at minimum two boulders, snapping off two wheels and other car or truck pieces, in advance of landing upside down.

Later on that day in circuit court, Assistant District Legal professional Ashlee Neves explained Hardwick’s BAC at the time of arrest was .3% and declined to commence with a formal examining of the charges.

On Wednesday, Hardwick was go through rates of aggravated theft, aggravated assault and battery, DUI, petty theft and property destruction. Bond was set at $25,000 income or surety.

Hardwick is presumed harmless until established or pleading guilty.

Casper law enforcement responded to the Loaf ’N Jug on the corner of Collins Push and South Poplar Avenue close to 1:53 a.m. Monday to a report of a stolen motor vehicle.

The proprietor told law enforcement he experienced left the Jeep working in the parking large amount because of to the cold and new snowfall. When he arrived out of the restroom he saw a person he later on discovered as Hardwick backing out of the parking space in his Jeep.

The gentleman reported he opened the driver’s doorway and attempted to get Hardwick out, but Hardwick place the Jeep in travel and sped off, throwing him to the floor. The report notes that the Jeep’s operator had a sprained wrist and also relied on his vehicle for work.

The detective’s overview of the retail store safety footage allegedly exhibits Hardwick brandishing a blue snub-nosed revolver in the store, although he reportedly did not place it specifically at everyone. Hardwick also reportedly left the store without shelling out for his products.

Those items — which includes a straw hat, numerous Slim Jims and two packs of Montclair Black cigarettes — have been uncovered strewn about amongst motor vehicle parts at the scene of the crash, law enforcement reported.

Hardwick was transported for healthcare evaluation and booked into the detention centre at about 6:47 a.m. Monday.

A woman acquainted with Hardwick later explained to police Hardwick and some companions experienced been out drinking at Butch’s Bar in Evansville and had to leave owing to Hardwick’s intense actions and escalating intoxication. 

The girl stated she wasn’t property and experienced been advised by Hardwick’s companions that it may well not be safe to be there owing to his conduct and problem.

Law enforcement say they located the woman’s home “trashed with what appeared to be freshly damaged house scattered throughout,” according to the affidavit. They also discovered a pink and black gun holster that she stated was hers and accompanied her .38 snub-nosed revolver.

She claimed the residence experienced been neat and tidy when she left, in accordance to the affidavit.

The Loaf ’N’ Jug cashier, who experienced formerly been acquainted with Hardwick, reported Hardwick designed a comment on leaving the retailer about needing a motor vehicle to get to Florida.