Juvenile arrested after chase


A Craig youth was arrested early Sunday morning after the vehicle was pulled over because the driver allegedly had pulled away from the gas station with the pump hose still attached.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday, the Craig Police Department received a report that a black sports car had left the Kum & Go at 700 E. Victory Way without paying for gas.

The car pulled away from the pump with the hose still in it, ripping the hose from the pump.

According to police reports, the black 1984 Mazda RX-7 traveled south on Bellaire Street as it left the Kum & Go. The driver did not turn the headlights on as he turned onto the street.

The car continued on Bellaire Street, turning south on Legion Street, and was traveling "at a high rate of speed" away from the pursuing police cruiser. The car then turned east on Third Street but the driver lost control of the vehicle and skidded off the south side of the road.

The driver exited the Mazda as the police car approached and was instructed to get back in the car. Before re-entering the vehicle, the driver dropped a plastic bag on the ground. The bag was later recovered and found to contain a small amount of a "white powdery substance," a police report states.

The driver, a 17-year-old male, and the passenger, a 16-year-old male, were reported as having the odor of alcohol about them.

According to reports, the 16-year-old male owned the MAZDA RX-7, but the car had no proof of insurance or registration.

The 16-year-old male had been driving when the car left the gas station with the hose still attached but the 17-year-old male had taken over to "go back to the Kum & Go to return the hose."

The license plates on the Mazda belonged to the 16-year-old's mother's car, a police report states.

When the officer searched the vehicle after securing both youths, a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun was discovered in the glove compartment. The pistol had been reported stolen on April 2.

The 16-year-old male was arrested on charges of theft by receiving, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile, illegal possession and consumption of alcohol, criminal mischief, failure to have proper registration and display of false plates.

At press time, the 16-year-old was in the Moffat County Public Safety Center jail awaiting processing as a juvenile.

The 17-year-old was issued a citation for driving under the influence, driving under revocation, failure to display lamps when required, reckless driving, and driving an uninsured vehicle.

The substance in the bag that the 17-year-old dropped has been sent to a laboratory for testing and further charges could be filed from the results of those tests, Craig Police Lt. John Forgay said.

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