Doyle Gabbert Pleads Not Guilty Due to Mental Illness in Police Chase Through Casper
A Mills man who prosecutors say has a criminal history, is accused of pointing a gun at people and leading police on a chase through Casper.
Thirty seven year old Doyle Gabbert has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental illness to one count of aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of larceny, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a deadly weapon with intent to threaten the life of another.
Casper Police say in middle August 2016, officers responded to a report of a weapons offense at Ridley’s Family Market near 2nd and Wyoming Boulevard.
Witnesses identified an armed male subject who aggressively confronted and aimed a firearm at people in the parking lot.
When officers approached, Gabbert took off in a small sedan.
Police stopped the car near Hobby Lobby on East Second Street, but Gabbert escaped and a stole a van from a nearby storage facility.
Gabbert eventually crashed the van near Roosevelt High School, and ran towards the Loaf 'N Jug Store on North Center Street, where he got into the cab of a Coca-Cola tractor trailer.
He was bitten by a police dog, and then surrendered.
Two days before that incident, there was a report a shooting at 11th and Trigood.
A motorist reported that he almost got into a collision with Gabbert, and then Gabbert fired 1 shot at the motorist, shattering the back window of the vehicle.
Police recovered a shell casing at the scene.
There was at least one other witness to the incident and officers were able to download video from a nearby security camera.
When interviewed, Gabbert said he felt he had been disrespected in both instances.
Gabbert is awaiting trial on $1,000,000 bond.
Natrona County Prosecutors say Gabbert has a number of prior felony convictions including aggravated robbery, and are seeking to apply the habitual criminal label on him, in connection with the aggravated robbery and aggravated assault charges.
If this happens, Gabbert could face between 10-to-50 in prison on each charge if convicted.
He had been convicted by a jury of four counts of kidnapping, stemming from a 2003 incident in Converse County, but those counts were overturned, when it was determined there were errors in the instructions given to the jury.