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Natrona County Crime Clips (6/27/22–6/28/22)

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are some details on law enforcement activities recent law enforcement activities and charges based on court documents and recent appearances in circuit court.

Fourth DUI

A 41-year-old man will face felony charges in District Court on an alleged DUI, with three prior convictions. The man appeared at a preliminary hearing Tuesday, where his attorney questioned the Wyoming Highway Patrol officer who arrested him on the reasoning for his stopping the vehicle. The trooper said that he had observed the vehicle making contact with dividing lines while westbound on Highway 20/26 on June 20. Based on the driver’s speech, “bloodshot, watery eyes,” and performance on a field sobriety test, he was taken into custody, the trooper said. The state’s attorney noted that the man’s BAC was 0.272%. Circuit Judge Michael Patchen agreed that the defense’s concerns about the reasoning for the stop — failure to maintain a lane — would be parsed in District Court.

A fourth or subsequent conviction of DUI is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 (W.S. 31-5-233).

Domestic Battery: Strangulation of a Household Member

A 53-year-old man appeared in circuit court Monday on charges of domestic battery and strangulation of a household member. Officers responded to a call for a disturbance at a residence in central Casper around 6:30 p.m. June 25, according to an arresting affidavit. The complainants are the man’s wife and stepdaughter. The state’s attorney noted a previous conviction for domestic battery by the man against his wife. 

Strangulation of a household member is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison (W.S. 6-2-509).

Felony Meth Possession

34-year-old Callie Dwinell heard a felony charge of possession of over 3 grams of suspected methamphetamine in circuit court Monday. The charge stems from a June 24 Wyoming Highway Patrol traffic stop near Casper on Wyoming Highway 20/26. An affidavit states that the trooper pulled Dwinell over for having no operable taillights. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded two digital scales, unused jewelers bags, and 4.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine. The state’s attorney chose to drop an arresting charge of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. Dwinell also faces a misdemeanor possession charge for hydroxyzine pills that were prescribed to someone else. Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

Possession of methamphetamine in an amount over 3 grams is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 (W.S. 1031 (c)(i)).