Hit and Run driver and passenger at Walmart Tuesday had been smoking pot, drinking

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A hit and run involving a black Chevrolet Blazer without a front bumper eventually turned into the arrest of two men Tuesday afternoon in Riverton.

The suspects, Robert Underwood, 24, Ethete, was charged with Use of a Controlled Substance and Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Shelby Girten, 19, of Cheyenne was charged with Use of a Controlled Substance and Minor Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Police were called at 12:17 p.m. after the Blazer, pulling out of the Walmart parking lot, crashed into a white Chevrolet Cavalier, impacting the passenger side door and causing over $1,000 in damage. The Blazer then fled the scene heading eastbound on Webbwood.

A short time later while on patrol along Comanche Avenue, officers observed a black Blazer without a front bumper and with two males inspecting what looked like fresh damage to the front of the vehicle.

After making contact with the two, Underwood admitted that they were driving out of Walmart and had struck the other vehicle. When asked why they sped away, Underwood, according to a police report, said he had been smoking marijuana earlier and that he didn’t stop because of that. A breathalyzer test at the scene also revealed Underwood to have a .24 BAC. The legal limit of intoxication is .08 percent.

The passenger, Girten, also admitted smoking marijuana and drinking Listerine mouth wash. His BAC was measured at .16 percent.

When searching the vehicle before it was towed away, police found some white powdery substance inside that tested positive for methamphetamine.

 

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