Gabriel Roybal

Gabriel Roybal

A Casper man stole his ex-girlfriend’s car and drunkenly drove into a Mills town sign on Saturday night while trying to escape from law enforcement, according to Casper police.

Gabriel A. Roybal was arrested after the incident, and police have recommended he be charged with felony theft, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, eluding police, property damage and interference with a peace officer.

A police detective spotted Roybal shortly before midnight near CY Avenue and Poplar Street after a citizen called to report a drunken driver in the area. The detective pulled Roybal over and smelled alcohol on his breath, according to court documents. Roybal denied that he was drunk. When the detective was checking for warrants, Roybal drove off at “a high rate of speed” on Fairgrounds Road.

After Roybal drove through orange traffic barrels in a construction zone, the detective stopped chasing him, according to the documents.

Roybal continued driving north on Wyoming Boulevard. A Mills police officer saw him drive off the road and hit a Mills town sign, according to the documents. He was arrested on the spot and taken to jail, where he refused a breathalyzer.

Police interviewed the owner of the car who said she had previously dated Roybal. She told police she broke up with Roybal because he drank too much, according to the documents.

Damage to the ex-girlfriend’s car was estimated at more than $1,000 by a towing company, according to police.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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