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Police accuse drug suspect of attempting to elude them on snowy roads

Clinton Allen Newton (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper police say that a man who attempted to elude them on snowy and icy roads, and is accused of a felony count of Controlled Substance Possession.

According to Natrona County Circuit Court paperwork, Clint Allen Newton, born in 1979, was arrested on February 3, 2020 and faces a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance on a Third or Subsequent Offense, a felony, and Eluding, a misdemeanor.

Police say that on February 3, at approximately 9:05 pm, they were on patrol near South Beverly and East 7th Streets in Casper, when they observed a passenger vehicle driving with a non-functioning driver’s side headlight.

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An affidavit filed in the case says that the passenger vehicle was travelling northbound on Beverly street at a high rate of speed. Officers describe turning on emergency lights and attempting to initiate a traffic stop, but say that the vehicle then took off at a high rate of speed and did not yield.

Officers say that they turned off the emergency lights, and did not pursue the vehicle at a high rate of speed, saying that road conditions at the time were snowy and icy. Police continued to observe the vehicle and follow from a distance.

It’s reported that officers eventually lost sight of the vehicle, but were able to follow the vehicle’s progress onto Westbound Bryan Stock Trail, by following the vehicle’s fresh tracks in the snow. Officers continued then onto Amoco road, eventually finding the suspect vehicle in a ditch, near Amoco Road and North Poplar Streets.

A person was observed walking from the passenger vehicle towards the officers. The person identified themselves as a passenger in the vehicle, and identified Newton as the driver, saying that Newton had left the area on foot.

Police say that two sets of footprints were found leading from the crashed passenger vehicle, one belonging to the passenger, and the other leading westbound. Officers say that they eventually found Newton in that direction, near an auto towing yard on Salt Creek Highway. Newton was subsequently arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

The affidavit says that a search of the vehicle yielded two baggies with suspected methamphetamine residue, items of drug paraphernalia, and a cup with the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.

While at the Detention Center, it was reported that Newton was also found to be in possession of a syringe cap and a spent 9mm casing.

Police say that Newton denied being the driver of the vehicle, and said that there had been other people in the car, and they had been driving, but did not identify the others. He also told officers that he didn’t intend to flee the scene, but had instead gone for help.

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.