Man Who Ran From Casper Police Set to Stand Trial
A Mills man who allegedly pointed a gun at people on two occasions and led police on a chase through Casper will stand trial in March.
Doyle Gabbert, 37, will waive his right to a jury trial and be tried before Judge Catherine Wilking. His trial is set for five days beginning March 20.
Wilking also ordered records from Gabbert's stay at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston turned over to both the defense and prosecution following a motions hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Gabbert in September 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 theft, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with a deadly weapon with intent to threaten the life of another person.
Prosecutors allege that Gabbert pointed a gun at people in the parking lot of Ridley's Family Market in August before taking off in a sedan.
Court documents say police stopped the car on East Second Street, but Gabbert allegedly jumped out and stole a van from a nearby storage facility.
Gabert ended up crashing the van near Roosevelt High School and ran towards the Loaf N Jug on North Center Street, where he got into the cab of a Coca-Cola tractor trailer.
Police sent a dog into the cab after Gabbert. He quickly surrendered.
Court documents say two days before the chase, a shooting was reported at 11th and Trigood.
A man told police that he had been driving and almost collided with Gabbert.
Gabbert allegedly fired one shot at the motorist, shattering the back window of that person's vehicle.
According to the affidavit, Gabbert told police he was disrespected in both incidents.
He remains in custody on $1,000,000 bond.
Gabbert's criminal history reportedly includes a number of felony convictions including at least one for aggravated robbery.
Natrona County Prosecutors 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.
A jury convicted Gabbert on four counts of kidnapping in connection with a 2003 incident in Converse County. Those counts were overturned based on erroneous jury instructions.