ROCK SPRINGS — A 16-year-old male juvenile is facing multiple charges after allegedly leading officers on a chase and threatening to shoot them and family members, according to a press release from the Rock Springs Police Department (RSPD).
On Wednesday, May 11, at around 3:45 p.m., RSPD officers were dispatched to a residence in Rock Springs regarding a 911 call. Officers arrived on scene to learn that a 16-year-old juvenile, who was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine, had become irate and volatile towards his elderly grandparents before leaving the residence in a vehicle.
While officers were on scene, the male subject returned to the area where he was observed allegedly driving recklessly and nearly causing a collision. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop with the vehicle however, the subject failed to stop. Officers then pursued the vehicle in an attempt to stop him, the release states.
“Once the subject’s driving became more erratic and reckless, the officers discontinued the pursuit and returned to the residence,” according to the release.
The subject returned to the area where he allegedly continued to drive erratically. During this time, he again failed to yield to officers who were attempting to stop him.
“During the police pursuit of the subject, the individual called family members threatening to shoot them and the responding police officers,” the release states.
The subject called into the dispatch center and began speaking with an RSPD officer. Through this interaction, officers gathered information on the location of the subject and safely took him into custody without further incident at approximately 6:30 p.m.
The juvenile was transported and booked into Sweetwater County Detention Center on charges of reckless driving, fleeing, or attempting to elude police officers, interference with peace officers, interference or resisting arrest, and failure to stop at stop signs.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation, all individuals are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.