Felony charges for man who ran out of fuel on off ramp

By Sarah Pridgeon

Ashley Beld of Newell, SD, has been bound over to District Court on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and attempting to take a controlled substance into a jail. Beld also faces DUI charges after his vehicle allegedly ran out of fuel on the off ramp near Moorcroft.

According to court reports, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper responded to mile marker 153 on I-90 just after 5 p.m. on April 13 following reports of a broken down vehicle bearing South Dakota plates on the off ramp. He joined an officer from Moorcroft Police Department, who shared that witnesses had informed him an older gentleman had exited the vehicle.

The driver allegedly informed the officer that he had run out of fuel. The driver provided a North Dakota driver’s license for the trooper, which had expired in February.

The trooper repots that he noticed Beld’s eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. Beld allegedly stated that he had left Nisland, SD, at 12:30 p.m. and was driving to Gillette to see “his ex”.

When the trooper asked how much he had had to drink, Beld allegedly responded, “Not sure”. Several tests were performed to determine whether Beld was intoxicated, including the walk-and-turn.

“I decided due to safety concerns with Beld struggling to maintain his balance to forego any further tests,” the trooper reports.

Beld was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and transported to the Crook County Detention Facility. Once there, a property inventory was taken and a small white container was located labeled “Krazy Glue”.

Inside was a small amount of suspected marijuana, which Beld allegedly did not want to discuss. Beld agreed to a breath test and provided two samples significantly over the allowable limit.

Beld faces one felony charge of taking a controlled substance into a jail and one felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, third offense, as well as charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and no valid driver’s license.