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Misdemeanor DWUI charge for driver who struck Casper house

(Brendan LaChance, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. —  The driver of a vehicle that struck a Casper home on June 4, 2021 is facing a misdemeanor charge of Driving While Under the Influence.

Shortly after 10:00 am, June 4, Casper Police Department says that officers responded to the intersection of East 13th and South McKinley Streets for a report of a truck that had crashed into a house.

Upon arrival, officers observed a truck that had crashed into a residence. Officials with Casper PD says that emergency crews immediately made contact with the driver who was conscious.

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“Officers, with the help of fire and medical personnel, helped the driver exit his vehicle and transported him to a local hospital,” Casper PD spokesperson Rebekah Ladd said in a written statement to Oil City. “Officers spoke with multiple witnesses on scene who stated that the truck was seen swerving and driving erratically moments before crashing into the home.”

Officers further reported that the driver showed signs of impairment when initial contacted and showed further signs when speaking with emergency personnel.

Ultimately, officers arrested the suspect and transported him to the Natrona County Detention Center. During a hearing on June 7, 2021 the suspect was given a bond amount of $550 cash or surety. Jail records show the suspect was no longer in custody as of Tuesday morning.

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. 

An affidavit filed in the case says that the suspect was driving a gray 2014 Ford F-150 at the time of the collision, and had temporary registration. Upon arrival officers describe the truck as having “entered” a residence on the 1300 block of McKinley.

Officers on the scene reported to Oil City news that the house has been struck by vehicles multiple times before.

Police say they conducted an interview with the driver while the suspect was still in the hospital. During that interview the suspect told officers that he had approached the light and attempted to stop, but that the vehicle’s brakes didn’t work. He further denied having been drinking or being under the influence of illegal drugs.

The affidavit goes on to say that officers found a package containing a substance they believe was the drug spice, however identification of the substance usually is confirmed in lab tests. Results for any such tests were not indicated in the affidavit.

Officers also reported finding a pipe with residue in the vehicle.