Teenager accused of stealing, wrecking three cars in one day


RIVERTON (WNE) — A 16-year-old Ethete boy has been arrested, allegedly for stealing and crashing three vehicles in the Lander area on the same day. 

Officials did not report any injuries related to the incidents. 

Deputies were informed of the boy’s activities at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, when a resident on Upper North Fork Road called law enforcement to report that someone had driven into his back yard with a horse trailer. 

In a press release, undersheriff Mike Hutchison referred to the incident as a “vehicle crash.” As deputies responded to the scene, Hutchison continued, the reporting party called back to say the driver involved in the crash had now stolen the reporting party’s vehicle and fled the area.

“Deputies pursued the vehicle until the suspect crashed again on North Fork Road where he was taken into custody,” Hutchison wrote. 

An investigation revealed that the suspect first had stolen a vehicle in Lander and driven to Lower North Fork Road, where an initial crash occurred, Hutchison said; the first stolen vehicle was abandoned at the time. 

“The suspect then allegedly stole another vehicle from a nearby home and drove to Upper North Fork Road before crashing again, into the yard of a residence,” Hutchison wrote. “The suspect then allegedly stole a third vehicle and fled from the scene before crashing on North Fork Road where he was taken into custody by deputies.” 

Multiple charges are pending in the case, including charges related to the vehicle thefts as well as for driving under the influence, Hutchison said.