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Natrona County Crime Clips (5/16/22–5/17/22)

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are some details on law enforcement activities over the weekend based on Natrona County Sheriff’s Office and Casper Police Department call logs. 

Public information officials from the agencies provided Oil City with these summaries on specific calls.

Shots fired: May 16, 12000 block of Zero Road (NCSO)

Shortly before 6:00 p.m., a woman reported hearing two vehicles driving down the road from her home. She reported hearing a “ping,” which she thought may have been a bullet striking her house. She stated she saw two dark-colored SUVs traveling about about 50 mph down the road, the NCSO said. Deputies were not able to find any bullet holes on the property or the SUVs in the area. 

Interference with a peace officer: May 16

Deputies responded around 8:25 a.m. Monday to a report of a woman asleep in a small car on Howard Street in the Bar Nunn area. Deputies found the vehicle parked partially in the travel lane, and observed a woman lying in the car with sunglasses on and blankets on her.

The doors were locked and deputies knocked loudly on the window and had difficulty rousing her, the report stated. When she woke up, deputies stated that she seemed confused and noncommunicative. Another deputy arrived and the woman eventually opened the door, stating that she had wanted to get out of the house and drive around Sunday night. She said she had taken prescription sleeping medication and had become tired, so she pulled over in the location she was found and went to sleep.

She informed deputies of a medical condition and prescriptions she was taking. Deputies believed it would be unsafe for her to drive, and offered to provide a courtesy ride or arrange for someone to pick her up. They also called EMS for support.

NCSO said the woman began cursing at the deputies and then refused to exit the vehicle to perform a field sobriety test. Deputies told the woman there were several factors that made them believe it was unsafe for her to drive. Though she initially agreed, she changed her mind, jumped into the driver’s seat, and locked the doors, ignoring deputies’ verbal commands to exit, the NCSO said.

Believing it unsafe for the woman to drive, and concerned that a medical condition might be a factor, deputies broke the window and removed the woman from the driver’s seat, handcuffed her, and placed her into a deputy patrol truck, the NCSO said.

While in transit to the Natrona County Detention Center, the woman slipped the handcuffs to the front of her body, unbuckled her seatbelt, and banged her head on the transport cage, the NCSO said. While the NCSO truck was parked at a red light, she was then able to slip a wrist free of the handcuffs and use them to shatter the rear passenger window. She then unlocked the door from the outside and left the vehicle.

A deputy accompanying the transport in another patrol truck followed the woman and was able to reapply handcuffs. She was taken to detention and charged with interference with a peace officer and property destruction (less than $1000).

Theft: May 16, 700 block of East A Street

Around 4:30 p.m. Monday, management of the Topper Motel reported the theft of a sign from the second floor railing. Management told Oil City the suspects drove a red, late 90s GMC Yukon.

Security footage of alleged sign theft at Casper motel (Courtesy Brad Tennant)