All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
(Riverton, WY) – Fremont County man Tyrel Bell, 20, faces a theft felony charge, as well as misdemeanor charges for fleeing/attempting to elude police officers, driving or having control of a vehicle while under the influence (DWUI), and interference with a peace officer, for an alleged incident occurring on July 28th.
Bell is alleged to have stolen a Riverton resident’s truck while under the influence, resulting in reckless driving. When officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Bell failed to yield, and eventually crashed into a telephone pole, at which point he was detained.
Enough probable cause was found at his August 6th preliminary hearing to move the case to District Court, with an arraginment date set for September 2nd.
On the evening of July 28th, Riverton Police Department (RPD) officers were dispatched to the area of East Monroe Street for a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report.
While en route, RPD was informed of a stolen vehicle that matched the description of the reported dangerous driver’s truck.
When officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Bell reportedly failed to yield, left town, and was pursued by the Wind River Police Department (WRPD).
Moments later, Bell returned to town in the area of East Monroe, reaching speeds of 50-65 mph, when he failed to navigate a turn.
The truck then “exited the roadway and impacted a telephone pole at the intersection of Major Avenue.”
Bell exited the vehicle, and an RPD officer held him to the ground while another cleared the vehicle.
Upon inspection of the vehicle, RPD also found a loaded gun belonging to the truck’s owner, and allegedly smelled the faint odor of alcohol coming from Bell.
Bell also stated that his name was “Tyrel Shotgun,” but RPD reportedly knew this to be an alias from prior law enforcement contacts.
Bell was then detained and initially cited for DWUI, eluding, interference, operating vehicle without a valid driver’s license, theft of a vehicle, theft of a firearm, and destruction of property.
Contact was then made with the truck owner, who confirmed that he did not know Bell, and in no way gave him permission to operate the vehicle or take the firearm.
Bell’s arraignment hearing has been set for September 2nd.
The maximum penalty for the felony theft charge is ten years imprisonment and $10,000 fine.
The maximum penalty for the eluding police officers misdemeanor is six months imprisonment and a $750 fine.
The maximum penalty for the DWUI misdemeanor is six months imprisonment and $750 fine.
The maximum penalty for the interference with a peace officer misdemeanor is one year imprisonment, and $1,000 fine.
County 10 will provide more updates on the case as it progresses, which can be found here.