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Suspect accused of DWUI in crash with police cruiser, other vehicles

(File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A suspect has been recommended for multiple misdemeanor charges, including Driving While Under the Influence and Possession of a Controlled Substance, after it was reported that the suspect collided with a Casper Police Department cruiser and other vehicles on Tuesday.

According to information released by both the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office and the Casper Police Department, a vehicle collision was reported as occurring outside of the Townsend Justice Center just before 3:30 p.m. on July 20.

Casper Police officials say that a private vehicle struck a curb before turning northbound onto Center Street, where it struck two vehicles, then accelerated and hit two parked vehicles. According to a statement from the NCSO, one of the vehicles struck in the incident was a Casper Police Department patrol vehicle.

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NCSO Deputies working at the Justice Center reportedly witnessed part of the incident and immediately responded outside.

“Deputies were able to make contact with and restrain the driver of the suspect vehicle while Casper Police Officers responded,” a written ‘statement from Casper PD said Wednesday. “Upon arrival to the scene, officers immediately assisted emergency medical crews in transporting the driver of the suspect vehicle to the hospital with injuries.”

No other injuries were reported in the incident.

Casper PD confirmed to Oil City that one of their patrol vehicles was parked on Center Street and was allegedly struck by the suspect vehicle.

“For this reason, CPD requested the assistance of the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the crash aspect of this investigation,” the Casper PD statement continued.

Police report finding an an open bottle of liquor in the vehicle as well as an undisclosed amount of suspected methamphetamine.

The suspect was recommended for multiple misdemeanor charges including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Interference. The suspect was also found to be wanted on a misdemeanor warrant.

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.