Police arrested a Casper man Saturday morning under a set of stairs after police say he ran from them three times this month.
Mark D. Tuttle, 43, fled Casper police April 6 on a motorcycle and ran away on foot from an April 12 traffic stop in Mills, according to court documents. Tuttle had multiple warrants out for his arrest, a police lieutenant said Monday morning. He could not immediately specify on what allegations Tuttle was wanted.
On Friday, police were tipped off that Tuttle would be picking his girlfriend up from a Second Street business. When a patrol officer arrived, he spotted a black Chevy Monte Carlo with Tuttle behind the wheel. Tuttle took off toward First Street, where another pair of officers joined the pursuit, the documents state. Tuttle turned south on McKinley Street, running a red light before turning west on Fourth Street, where his speed doubled the limit, the documents allege. He ran three stop signs before police called off the pursuit, according to the documents.
Minutes later, a man called police dispatch and said a black Monte Carlo had hit his truck near Nancy English Park. The Monte Carlo had been abandoned nearby, the documents state, but a search of the area did not turn up Tuttle. Police found marijuana paraphernalia inside the Chevy, according to the documents.
The next day, police were called to 12th and Boxelder streets for a report of a Pontiac Firebird abandoned in the middle of the road. Police had information Tuttle sometimes stayed at a nearby house, and when police knocked on the door, Tuttle’s girlfriend answered, according to the documents. The documents state she at first told police Tuttle was not there, before recanting and acknowledging he was hiding under a set of stairs inside.
After a search of the house, police found Tuttle hiding behind a storage box in a crawl space, the documents state. The documents allege Tuttle tried to keep police from cuffing him by rolling around and keeping his arms in front of his body. Police punched him in the head before tasering him. He then said he was done fighting, the documents state.
In an interview with a police sergeant, Tuttle denied running from police and said he had just gotten into town from Cheyenne earlier in the day, the documents state. He later made “an inadvertent admission to fleeing police by apologizing,” according to the documents.
When they inventoried the Firebird, which belongs to a current inmate at the county jail, police found methamphetamine paraphernalia and indications the car had been hot-wired, according to the documents. When police went to Natrona County Detention Center and spoke to the inmate, he said he had not given Tuttle permission to take the car, the documents state. The inmate said he did not want to pursue charges against Tuttle.
Tuttle was expected to appear in court Monday afternoon.