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A traffic stop on November 17th west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80 has resulted in 130 pounds of marijuana seized by Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers. The traffic stop occurred on the 17th at 9:50 p.m. on I-80 at mile post 348 eastbound approximately ten miles west of Cheyenne. Loc T. Nguyen, a 43 year old female resident of Oakland, California was stopped by a WHP Trooper for speeding, lane use and an unsafe lane change. Nguyen was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion at the time of the stop. Upon making contact with Nguyen, the Trooper could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car...
A recent winter storm that has caused hazardous road conditions and road closures throughout the state is serving as a reminder just how dangerous driving in winter weather can be. From the early morning hours of November 10th until 9:30 a.m. this morning (Nov. 12th), the Wyoming Highway Patrol has investigated 87 crashes statewide. 52 of those crashes were classified as non-injury, 34 involved injury and one resulted in two fatalities. To keep yourself safe while traveling in adverse weather conditions, always wear your seat belt. Since September 1st of this year, the last 24 of the 25...
A pursuit in the afternoon of November 11th south of Buffalo, Wyoming on Interstate 25 has resulted in the arrest of 33 year old Joseph T. DeVries of Sheridan, Wyoming. Around 2:40 p.m. on the 11th, a Wyoming State Trooper spotted a black 2006 Honda motorcycle speeding 110 mph in an 80 mph zone at mile post 255 on Interstate 25 northbound. As the Trooper began to catch up to the motorcycle, the motorcycle began to accelerate. The Trooper caught up to the motorcycle at mile post 271 as the Honda still failed to stop for the Trooper. A pursuit ensued northbound on I-25 with speeds reaching 150 mph...
On November 9th, the US Capitol Christmas Tree entered Wyoming on Interstate 90 and was escorted to Sheridan by Troopers from the Patrol. As the trailer used to haul the tree measured out to 80 feet in length, it made a quick stop at the Sheridan-Dietz Port of Entry to purchase an oversize load permit. With the help of the Sheridan Police Department, the US Forest Service, and WHP Dispatch and Troopers, the tree exited into Sheridan where it spent the night. The US Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested this year from the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska. The tree left Alaska on...
A pursuit that spanned three counties and 185 miles on Interstate 80 has ended safely today (Nov. 9th) west of Laramie, Wyoming. Around 12:21 p.m. on November 9th, Wyoming law enforcement received information that a stolen 2009 Kia Optima was traveling east on I-80 near Rock Springs, Wyoming. At 12:36 p.m., a Sweetwater County Deputy Sheriff initially spotted the stolen car near mile post 120 on I-80 approximately 11 miles east of Rock Springs. Upon the arrival of backup, an initial traffic stop was initiated, but the car never stopped and accelerated up to 130 mph. The pursuit of the...
Although the Patrol's first official day of existence was June 1, 1933, its roots go back another 12 years. Paving the way for establishing the Patrol was the dissolution of the Wyoming Department of Law Enforcement, which had been created to enforce liquor prohibition laws. The department's duties were later broadened to include enforcement of motor vehicle laws. By early 1933, prohibition was nearing an end contributing to the sentiment that an agency created to enforce "dry" laws was no longer needed.
Realizing that something was needed to fill this freshly created void in state law enforcement, Govenor Miller went before the Highway Commission and proposed establishing a Highway patrol. The Commission concurred. On May 23, 1933 the Highway Commission confirmed Captain George "Red" Smith as the first Commander of the patrol and hired six patrolmen to cover the state. The Patrolmen were paid $175 a month, were furnished an automobile, uniforms and Sam Browne belts and Brown riding boots.
Although June 1st was supposed the first day of existence, it was almost a week later before the new patrol cars were delivered and the seven men could begin their new duties.
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