Vehicle alarm leads to drug arrest

Dwayne Ellis Wise (courtesy of the Casper Police Dept)

Reports of a vehicle alarm and a suspicious person led to the arrest of a man on recommended drug possession charges, according to police reports.

Records show that Dwayne Ellis Wise was arrested during the early morning hours of February 11th. Officers say that Wise was taken into custody in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 1900 block of South Missouri Street in Casper.

A Casper Police Department affidavit in the case says that officers were dispatched to the apartment complex, after receiving reports of a man rummaging around inside of a parked vehicle, while the vehicle’s alarm was going off.

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The reporting party said that they were inside the apartment complex and heard the alarm, but did not think anything of it at first. After the alarm had been going off for a while, the affidavit says that the reporting party looked outside and saw a man rummaging around the cab of a Dodge pickup truck.

Police arrived on scene and report observing a man, later identified as Wise, in the driver’ seat of the truck, and rooting around inside cab. Police say that they ordered Wise out of the vehicle, but that was was not compliant.

Officers report removing Wise from the vehicle and handcuffing him. Wise was found to have an outstanding warrant.

The affidavit notes that despite subzero temperatures, Wise was “sweating profusely.” Officers also note that the suspect exhibited several physical symptoms of controlled substance use.

Police say that a search of Wise, subsequent to his arrest, found a small glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue, a plastic sandwich bag with suspected marijuana inside, a used syringe, and a plastic bag with suspected methamphetamine.

Wise claimed ownership of the vehicle, and said that he had been searching the cab for his keys. He is also reported to have told officers that the had used methamphetamine and marijuana the previous day.

Police confirmed that Wise was the registered owner of the vehicle.

Wise faces recommended charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.