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Crime Clips: Trooper arrests man with .272% BAC on I-25; 2 unattended vehicles stolen

CASPER, Wyo. — Provided below are some details from recent law enforcement activities in Natrona County based on reports from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, the Casper Police Department, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

NCSO Public Information Officer Kiera Grogan and CPD Lt. Jeff Bullard provided this information based on officer and deputy reports. Other sources include appearances and affidavits filed in Natrona County Circuit Court.

DUI with BAC of .272%, 2:38 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, Interstate 25

The Wyoming Highway Patrol received two REDDI (“Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately”) reports Saturday afternoon for a grey Dodge Caravan headed southbound from the Johnson County line. The van was “all over the road” and “weaving” through lanes of traffic for at least 15 minutes, at one point almost going into a ditch, according to the trooper’s arrest report.

The trooper found the vehicle pulled over and the 62-year-old suspect inside alone. The trooper said the man frequently braced himself on the vehicle and did poorly on the field sobriety tests, failing to even hold the starting positions. A breathalyzer found a blood alcohol content of .272%, over three times the legal limit.

Troopers found a half-empty box of wine within reach in the vehicle and a bottle of Everclear. The man pleaded guilty to driving with an expired Montana license, DWUI, and having an open container in circuit court on Monday. He was sentenced to six months, all suspended, and a year of unsupervised probation. He told the court he and his wife are about to move back east this week.

Property Damage, Sept. 1

An 18-year-old woman faces a felony charge of property destruction after Casper police say she slashed the tires and scratched invectives into the paint of another woman’s vehicle. The damage was reported by a woman at an apartment at Casper Village on Thursday, Sept. 1. The woman told police she believed the defendant had committed the acts in retaliation for the defendant’s boyfriend allegedly cheating on her with the complainant. The damage is estimated at over $5,000.

The defendant was charged with the felony in circuit court Monday, Sept 12.

Vehicle Theft, 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 600 block of South Washington Street (CPD)

The complainant said her rental vehicle was left running and unattended, Bullard said. “A subject entered the vehicle and drove away without her consent. The case is still being investigated,” he added.

Vehicle Theft, 2:36 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 800 block of North Durbin Street (CPD)

Bullard said a vehicle was left running and unattended and was taken by an unknown person. “Please remind readers that it is unwise, and illegal, to leave running vehicles unattended,” Bullard said.

Auto Burglary, 3:34 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 4300 block of Valley Road

A woman leaving her home said she saw an unknown male rifling through her glove box. He then left the scene. Responding officers could not locate him, and there are no leads, Bullard said.

“Remind readers to lock their vehicles; most auto burglaries are a crime of opportunity,” he added.

Crash on Casper Mountain Road, 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Highway Patrol received a REDDI report for a vehicle headed toward Casper from the mountain whose driver was speeding and throwing beer cans out the window, according to the trooper’s report. The responding trooper found the suspect black Mustang “lodged in the guardrail” along the road. The driver performed poorly on field sobriety tests and admitted to drinking three or four beers on an empty stomach, according to the report.

The 21-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to DUI in circuit court Monday. He had previously pleaded not guilty on an earlier DUI charge.

Crash in Mills, 9:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

A 25-year-old man pleaded not guilty to DUI, having no insurance or motorcycle license endorsement and interfering with a peace officer after he was arrested Saturday in Mills, where police say he wrecked his motorcycle. According to the affidavit, deputies responded to the scene of the motorcycle crash in Mills around 9:20 p.m. The motorcycle had traveled though a property before crashing back on the roadway.

The suspect initially refused medical treatment but was transported to the hospital after being booked at the Natrona County Detention Center. While at WMC, the trooper said the suspect became combative and verbally abusive. The trooper said he subdued the suspect with an arm bar, and no striking measures were required.

The man pleaded not guilty to all charges on Monday.