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Cheyenne woman facing charges after allegedly fleeing scene of head on collision

Mary Valdez (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Court papers say that a Cheyenne woman is facing multiple charges after she was arrested by the Cheyenne Police Department in relation to a car accident that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, January 14th.

During her initial court appearance on Thursday, Mary Valdez was officially charged with counts of Reckless Driving, Driving Without Interlock Device, Duty to Stop -Injury or Death, Driving Under Suspension, Interference With a Police Officer, DUI – 3rd.

All of the charges were described as misdemeanors.

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According to an affidavit filed in Laramie County Circuit Court, The Cheyenne Police was dispatched to the intersection of Ridge Rd. and Morrison Rd. in the early evening of January 14th, in response to a report of a two car crash that involved injuries.

Police say that while they were on the way to the crash site they were advised that one of the drivers, later identified as Valdez, had fled the scene without contacting the other party or checking for injuries.

The court papers say that when the police arrived on scene they spoke to the other driver, who advised that Valdez had driven straight into them while they were attempting to make a left turn on Ridge.

The police say that the victim driver was able to give a description of Valdez.

According to the police they soon located Valdez several blocks away from the crash scene and that she matched the description given by the victim driver.

Court papers indicate that when police spoke with Valdez, she admitted to driving on Ridge but could not remember what happened before or during the crash.

According to the affidavit, the police found Valdez to appear intoxicated, with a strong odor of alcoholic beverage, and bloodshot eyes. The affidavit goes on to say that Valdez admitted to drinking a pint of unknown vodka prior to the crash.

Police say that upon checking Valdez’s driving history it was then discovered that she had been suspended out of Wyoming for multiple suspensions that include a DUI conviction in 2015. Due to her prior DUI conviction, Valdez had been required to have an interlock device on her.

Court documents say that the vehicle driven by Valdez did not have an interlock device at the time of the crash.

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