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Evansville man gets prison term for pointing rifle at man who reported him for DUI

A statue of Justice at the Townsend Justice Center, as seen through an exterior window of the building, on Center Street in Casper. (Greg Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — An Evansville resident has been sentenced to a prison term for pointing a rifle at the man who reported him as a drunk driver in December 2021.

Court records indicate Weston Lucky Mason, 31, pleaded no contest to possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent and a fourth DUI within 10 years, a felony. He was sentenced Thursday in district court to 18–24 months in state prison.

Around 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2021, a driver called in a REDDI (“Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately”), saying a BMW with California plates had attempted to run him off the road, according to an affidavit. The man followed the BMW while calling in the report. 

The BMW turned off South Beverley Street onto Fairview Avenue and stopped. The driver, Mason, then got out, retrieved a rifle from the trunk and pointed it directly at the caller, saying, “You wanna go, m——er?” according to the affidavit.

The caller quickly backed up and relayed the new information to dispatch. An officer arrived on scene to find Mason placing the weapon back in his trunk. The officer said Mason was acting belligerent and showed immediate signs of alcohol intoxication.

“The victim in this case called in a REDDI, and he gets rewarded with a gun put in his face,” Assistant District Attorney Kevin Taheri said Thursday when outlining his recommendation for an imposed sentence. 

Taheri noted at least four prior DUI convictions for Mason, as well as past convictions in California on charges including property destruction. Taheri noted that the incident had occurred while Mason was on bond for a DUI charge earlier in the month.

Defense Attorney Kurt Infanger argued for probation, saying Mason believed he was being pursued and felt threatened by the victim during the incident. He added that Mason had complied with his bond conditions during this case.

“It was a very serious offense,” Judge Catherine Wilking said, “and the interests of justice do require a period of incarceration.”

Mason will get credit for 92 days already served.