WAGONER COUNTY, Oklahoma - The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office continues to combat illegal dumping. Recently while working on a case near Coal Creek, the Sheriff's Office turned a crime into a learning experience. What started out as an illegal dumping case ended in a life lesson learned, a dirty car and a cleaner community.

DEQ Deputy Michelle Casady took News On 6 out to the Coal Creek area of Wagoner County to show us where she was investigating illegal dumping after the Sheriff’s Office was notified. Casady found an address on some mail in the trash and left her card at that home near the site.

"Next day Mom calls me - I asked her if she knew how her trash would've gotten out at Coal Creek," said DEQ Compliance Dep. Michelle Casady with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office. 

Casady said the women told her she had asked her 17-year-old son to take the trash out.

"They asked him why a deputy was calling - he just turned pale white, and he told them right off the bat what he did," Casady said.

It turns out, he had dumped it near the creek. His parents made him clean up not only his mess, but other people’s trash in the area and use his new car to take the trash to the right place.

"His backseat full of trash and the passenger seat full of trash" said DEQ Compliance Dep. Michelle Casady.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott said this was a great example of community policing. The teen was not arrested or charged.

"It's not always serves best to go out and slap cuffs on somebody," Said Sheriff Chris Elliott of the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office.

And that teen walked away with a lesson learned.

"It's a win-win for everybody. We didn't have to file the charges on the child. The parents didn't incumber a fine, but what happened was a child learned a very valuable life lesson," said Sheriff Elliott.

DEQ Compliance Deputy Casady says she will continue to combat illegal dumping.

If you spot any Illegal dumping in Wagoner County, you're asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 918-485-3124.