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Man arrested after short chase, faces 4th DWUI charge in 10 years

Marc Bradford Alden (courtesy of the Natrona County Sheriffs Office)

CASPER, Wyo. — A short chase between a suspect and Natrona County Sheriff’s Deputies ended with a man being arrested for what officials say is at least a fourth Driving Under the Influence charge since 2009.

Law enforcement records show that 54-year-old Marc Bradford Alden was arrested during the afternoon hours of May 2, 2019. He faces multiple recommended charges including Eluding, Open Container, No Insurance, Driving While Suspended, and Felony Driving While Under The Influence.

Deputies say that Thursday afternoon, at approximately 4:15 pm, they were on patrol near Poison Spider Road and West Yellowstone Highway in Mills, Wyoming; when they observed a passenger car drive off the curb while exiting a parking lot. Deputies also say that the vehicle had pulled out in front of another vehicle in the roadway.

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The suspect vehicle reportedly continued, turning onto Natrona Avenue, without using a turn signal.

Deputies say that they approached the vehicle as it was driving westbound on Natrona Avenue, and describe the passenger vehicle as being well over the center of the road, and into the eastbound side of travel.

An affidavit in the case says that the passenger vehicle stopped near Natrona Avenue and Oregon Trail, before attempting to drive again, only to stop again to allow for cross-traffic on Oregon Trail.

Sheriff’s officials say that they attempted to pull the vehicle over at that point, using overhead emergency lights. The affidavit then says that the driver of the vehicle appeared to look in his rearview mirror and speed off.

Deputies say that the suspect vehicle continued onto Abbot Street, and describe the driving as erratic and jerking from one side of the road to another. The driver is also accused of failing to stop at multiple stop signs and failed to maintain a lane of travel.

The affidavit goes on to say that the suspect vehicle pulled over near 7th Avenue and Abbot Street in Mills.

Sheriff’s officials say that upon stopping, the driver appeared to grab a Budweiser beer and begin to chug it.

Deputies made contact with the driver, who was identified as Alden, as well as a passenger in the vehicle.

Alden was said to tell officers that he had drank four beers in a short amount of time. Deputies describe Alden as having physical symptoms of intoxication.

The suspect was ultimately arrested on a recommended Driving Under the Influence Charge. A subsequent investigation found that Alden’s driver’s license had been suspended fr a previous felony DUI conviction.

A search of Alden’s vehicle found an interlock device, which is a breath tester that can be installed in a vehicle, that requires clean breath samples from the driver, in order for the vehicle to be operational.

Alden was said to be required to have one while operating a vehicle.

Deputies say that while the interlock device was in the vehicle, the wiring stopped and was tucked under the driver’s side floor mat.

The affidavit also says that an open beer bottle was found on the floorboard, as well as a beer bottle in the center console with a bottle of Jagermeister. 

Alden was unable to provide proof of insurance for the vehicle.

Investigators say that it was found that Alden showed three previous arrests and convictions for Driving Under the Influence dating to 2009 and 2013.

Alden was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.

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.