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IMPATIENT TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED

IMPATIENT TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED

Date: 08/14/2014 

Cheyenne - 51 year old Randy Hill of Torrington, Wyoming was arrested on August 13th when he  became impatient with an Air Force truck convoy traveling north on US 85. The incident began 28 miles northeast of Cheyenne at mile post 38 on US 85 at 9:40 in the morning. Mr. Hill came upon the rear of the slow moving convoy in a 2007 International semi truck and became impatient with the convoy's speed. Mr. Hill attempted to pass the convoy and began endangering oncoming southbound traffic. Air Force personnel attempted to stop Hill, but Hill would not yield to them. At one point during the incident,...

AIR AMBULANCE TRANSPORTS MOTORCYCLE CRASH VICTIM OUT OF SYBILLE CANYON

AIR AMBULANCE TRANSPORTS MOTORCYCLE CRASH VICTIM OUT OF SYBILLE CANYON

Date: 08/08/2014 

Laramie - On August 7th, 2014 at approximately 11:55 a.m., 59 year old Ron Cumley  of Albuquerque, New Mexico  was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on WY 34 in Sybille Canyon.  Mr. Cumley was headed with friends to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. For unknown reasons, Mr. Cumley failed to negotiate a left sweeping curve in the roadway as he drove off the right side of the highway. Mr. Cumley was unable to control the motorcycle once it left the road. Mr. Cumley was estimated to be traveling 55 mph when the crash occurred. The Albany County Sheriff's Department and Wheatland...

SPEEDING LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF ALMOST TWO POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, A HAND GUN AND LANDS TWO WASHINGTON RESIDENTS IN CUSTODY

SPEEDING LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF ALMOST TWO POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, A HAND GUN AND LANDS TWO WASHINGTON RESIDENTS IN CUSTODY

Date: 08/05/2014 

On July 29th, 2014, at approximately 09:34 a.m., a Wyoming State Trooper observed a Toyota Rav 4 speeding eastbound on Interstate 80 at approximately mile post 46 east of Evanston. Conflicting stories between the driver and passenger in addition to the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, led troopers to search the Toyota. During the search, troopers discovered a 9mm hand gun and approximately two pounds of marijuana. 19 year old Brandi K. Green of University Place, Washington was arrested and charged for speeding, no valid driver’s license, interference with a peace officer, possession of a controlled...

SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER SOUTH OF BASIN RESULTS IN ONE FATALITY

SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER SOUTH OF BASIN RESULTS IN ONE FATALITY

Date: 07/25/2014 

Evanston - A single vehicle rollover resulted in the death of 28 year old Nancy J. Lassiter of Basin, Wyoming last Friday July 18th. The crash occurred at mile post 192 on US 20 four miles south of Basin at approximately 6:11 pm. Nancy Lassiter and 33 year old Crystal R. Schantle were traveling south in a 1998 Buick Le Sabre when the vehicle left the road to the east for unknown reasons. The vehicle was overcorrected causing the vehicle to enter in to a 90 degree angle slide. The Buick tripped during the slide and rolled two complete times down a steep embankment. Both occupants were not wearing...

A SIMPLE ASSIST LEADS TO A NOT SO SIMPLE ARREST

A SIMPLE ASSIST LEADS TO A NOT SO SIMPLE ARREST

Date: 07/25/2014 

An initial motorist assist on July 13th ended with a felony charge when a trooper responded to mile post 210 on Interstate 25 at 8:37 am north of Casper. A 2005 Buick Rendezvous was parked on an exit ramp and appeared to be in need of assistance. The responding trooper was suspicious he was being given false information as to who the driver on scene actually was while speaking with the occupants. Through the investigation, the trooper was able to ascertain 35 year old Kendrick L. Murray's true identity. As the investigation continued, it was discovered that Kendrick Murray's driver's license was...

VIN INSPECTION LEADS TO DRUNK DRIVING ARREST AT W H P HEADQUARTERS

VIN INSPECTION LEADS TO DRUNK DRIVING ARREST AT W H P HEADQUARTERS

Date: 07/17/2014 

Cheyenne - Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections are conducted at the headquarters of the Wyoming Highway Patrol in Cheyenne on a daily basis. On Tuesday, July 15th, 58 year old Daniel K. Adamson of Wheatland, Wyoming traveled to Cheyenne for one such VIN inspection. Upon his arrival and request for an inspection at WHP headquarters, troopers smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Mr. Adamson. An impaired driving investigation began and Mr. Adamson was placed under arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol.           The Wyoming Highway Patrol would like to remind...

MULTIAGENCY CHILD SAFETY EVENT HELD IN UINTA COUNTY

MULTIAGENCY CHILD SAFETY EVENT HELD IN UINTA COUNTY

Date: 07/15/2014 

     Uinta County was host to two safety events geared towards child passenger safety recently. One event was held in Evanston and one in Mountain View. Child passenger seat technicians were present to inspect child restraints and bicycle helmets including technicians from Safe Kids and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Troopers from the Utah Highway Patrol also helped at the safety event in Evanston.      Sergeant Duane Ellis, Wyoming Highway Patrol safety education coordinator, participated in the Mountain View event on July 9th and reported that 29 child seats were checked finding 12 misuses of the...

TROOPERS COORDINATE WITH TRUCKING COMPANY IN THE RECOVERY OF A COMMERCIAL TRACTOR / TRAILER

TROOPERS COORDINATE WITH TRUCKING COMPANY IN THE RECOVERY OF A COMMERCIAL TRACTOR / TRAILER

Date: 07/10/2014 

On July 03rd, 2014 at approximately 2:39 pm, troopers were notified to be on the lookout (BOLO) for a 2009 Peterbuilt commercial tractor with trailer being driven by 38 year old Onelio Vega of Hesperia, California. It was reported to the Patrol that Mr. Vega was not authorized to be driving the truck and that Mr. Vega was possibly under the influence of an unknown substance.  The initial report started on the eastern edge of Wyoming at Pine Bluffs on Interstate 80 with the truck traveling westbound. Through cooperation with the trucking company's (Landforce Trucking) global positioning system on...

80 mph speed limit coming to more than half of Wyoming's interstate mileage

80 mph speed limit coming to more than half of Wyoming's interstate mileage

Date: 06/24/2014 

Motorists will soon be able to legally drive up to 80 mph on nearly 500 miles of rural  interstate highway in Wyoming, resulting from action taken by the state Legislature during its 2014 session. On July 1, WYDOT crews will begin the process of changing speed limit signs along three sections of Interstate 25, totaling 268 miles in length, as well as on three sections of I-80 (116 miles) and two sections of I-90 (104 miles). The agency hopes to complete sign changeover work by the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Motorists should be aware that during the transition, the 75 mph speed...

TROOPER'S PATROL CAR STRUCK & TROOPER INJURED

TROOPER'S PATROL CAR STRUCK & TROOPER INJURED

Date: 04/30/2014 

Buffalo – A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper is recovering at home following a Wednesday morning incident in which his parked patrol car was struck by a vehicle on WYO 387 approximately 8 miles north of Midwest in southern Johnson County.  Trooper Richard Burridge who was seated in his patrol car, sustained minor injuries after his patrol car was hit from behind by a pickup while Troopers were investigating a previous crash scene and several slide offs in the area.  Trooper Burridge was transported by another Trooper to Johnson County Memorial Hospital in Buffalo where he has been treated and released...

SHOOTING SUSPECT SHOT BY TROOPERS

SHOOTING SUSPECT SHOT BY TROOPERS

Date: 04/27/2014 

Cheyenne – A suspect being sought by law enforcement for a shooting in Hawk Springs in southern Goshen County led Troopers on a pursuit Saturday evening and then shot at Troopers once he was stopped. The pursuit began in Southern Goshen County on US 85 shortly after 8:30 p.m. and continued southbound into Laramie County.  Troopers ahead of the pursuit laid out spike strips across US 85 damaging the tires on the suspect's vehicle which eventually disabled his vehicle.  The suspect stopped approximately 17 miles north of Cheyenne whereupon he exited his vehicle and fired an unknown number of shots. ...

WESTBOUND I-80 OPENS AFTER 47 VEHICLE CRASH CAUSES CLOSURE

WESTBOUND I-80 OPENS AFTER 47 VEHICLE CRASH CAUSES CLOSURE

Date: 04/14/2014 

Elk Mountain – Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers and WYDOT personnel have reopened westbound Interstate 80 after a pileup crash involving at least 47 vehicles forced the closure of the westbound lanes of the Interstate for approximately 18 hours.    The crash was reported just before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon approximately 7 miles east of Elk Mountain and speeds on the Interstate had been reduced to 45 MPH at the time of the crash due to winter conditions.  Troopers are still attempting to identify exactly how many vehicles were actually involved in the pileup which occurred during snowy, windy, icy...

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL DISPATCHERS ASSIST IN MULTI-STATE PURSUIT

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL DISPATCHERS ASSIST IN MULTI-STATE PURSUIT

Date: 03/20/2014 

Sundance – The Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Communications Center assisted in the apprehension of two subjects who were involved in a high-speed chase on the evening of Wednesday March 19. The pursuit which originated in Wyoming by a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper was terminated by South Dakota Highway Patrol Troopers in their State at mile post #12 on eastbound Interstate 90.  The two individuals in the Chevrolet Cavalier are in custody in South Dakota facing traffic and misdemeanor drug possession charges in that State. Wyoming Troopers have also cited both occupants of the vehicle on numerous traffic...

WHP PARTNERS WITH IACP IN THE "DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES" CAMPAIGN

WHP PARTNERS WITH IACP IN THE "DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES" CAMPAIGN

Date: 03/20/2014 

Cheyenne – In carrying out its duties, the Wyoming Highway Patrol considers highway safety as its highest priority.  That is why the Wyoming Highway Patrol along with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and state police and highway patrol leaders from over 40 states will join in a united effort by participating in a nationwide "Drive to Save Lives" campaign. The goal of the participating law enforcement agencies is to reduce highway fatalities nationwide by 15% in the year 2014.  More than 33,000 deaths occur each year on our...

OVERSIZE LOAD STRIKES & DAMAGES BRIDGE OVERPASS

OVERSIZE LOAD STRIKES & DAMAGES BRIDGE OVERPASS

Date: 03/04/2014 

Cheyenne – The overpass at mile marker #34.4, 24 miles north of Cheyenne at the Nimmo Road Interchange on Interstate 25 remains closed while WYDOT determines the extent of damage caused by an oversize load striking the bottom of the overpass on Friday. The driver of the oversize load thought his load was under the posted height, however, it proved to be just slightly taller.  The load, a large open pit mining truck, struck the bottom of the southbound side of the overpass causing major damage to the bridge girders.  The impact also caused the oversize mining truck to become partially off of the...

TROOPER INJURED AT ROADSIDE BY DRIVER WHO FAILED TO HEED EMERGENCY FLASHING LIGHTS

TROOPER INJURED AT ROADSIDE BY DRIVER WHO FAILED TO HEED EMERGENCY FLASHING LIGHTS

Date: 03/04/2014 

Arlington – A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper seated in his patrol car in the median was injured this morning when his vehicle was struck as he was completing an investigation of a previous jackknifed semi tractor trailer non-injury crash.  The crash occurred approximately 1½ miles east of the Arlington Interchange on westbound Interstate 80 in Carbon County just after 8:00 a.m. Roadways in the area were icy.  Variable message signs had the speed on both east and westbound lanes of the Interstate reduced to 55 MPH. Trooper Kaycee Shroyer was seated in his parked patrol car in the median off...

PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS, MARIJUANA & CURRENCY SEIZED THIS WEEK

PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS, MARIJUANA & CURRENCY SEIZED THIS WEEK

Date: 02/28/2014 

Evanston – This week thousands of dollars of U.S. currency and over 21 pounds of marijuana and over a pound of psilocybin mushrooms have been seized in two separate traffic stops by Troopers. One out-of-state resident is facing serious felony charges to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.  Both unrelated traffic stops were made on Interstate 80 in Uinta County east of Evanston and involved the use of a WHP drug detection canine.  The first stop on February 24th resulted in the...

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO RECOVERY OF HUNDREDS OF IDENTITY THEFT ID'S

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO RECOVERY OF HUNDREDS OF IDENTITY THEFT ID'S

Date: 02/07/2014 

Farson – A traffic stop by a Trooper on a vehicle speeding 111 MPH in a 65 MPH zone has resulted in the recovery of hundreds of persons individual personal information and three individuals facing federal indictments on felony charges of credit card fraud and identity theft.  The speeding vehicle was stopped Monday 10 miles east of Farson on WYO 28. Taken into custody were 28 year-old Maurice Bright, 27 year-old Porsha Slones and 28 year-old Jasmine Bradley.  All list address's in the State of Florida.  Bright was also cited for driving while under suspension and all three were arrested for possession...

MARIJUANA DESTINED FOR INDIANA SEIZED IN WYOMING

MARIJUANA DESTINED FOR INDIANA SEIZED IN WYOMING

Date: 02/05/2014 

Elk Mountain – Two Evansville, Indiana residents face felony charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance after a Trooper discovered over 20 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop. The marijuana was discovered Tuesday morning when the driver, 54 year-old Randy Rheinhardt, was stopped for speeding 78/65 zone on eastbound Interstate 80 approximately 12 miles west of Elk Mountain in Carbon County.  In addition to the felony charges Rheinhardt has...

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL MOURNS LOSS OF K-9 FROM CANCER

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL MOURNS LOSS OF K-9 FROM CANCER

Date: 01/31/2014 

Gillette – Sadly we report that one of the Patrol's beloved K-9's, Flora, has had to be put down this past week.  The passing of Flora will be a great loss for the agency, but even a greater loss for Flora's handler and partner, Trooper Josh Undeberg. K-9 Flora was diagnosed with cancer in her lungs and it had progressed far enough that she was euthanized after a veterinarian discovered that the cancer was inoperable.   We were unaware that Flora was this sick until this past weekend when the symptoms came on suddenly.   Flora was a 6 year-old black Labrador Retriever and was certified by the National...

TROOPERS INTERDICT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ACROSS STATE

TROOPERS INTERDICT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ACROSS STATE

Date: 01/24/2014 

Cheyenne – Troopers on opposite sides of the State made several significant unrelated seizures within the last week which have resulted in six individuals being arrested facing felony charges.  Seized were pound amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine and U.S. currency. The four contacts were the results of traffic stops for speeding 102 MPH in 75 MPH zone, following too close whereupon the driver was found to be driving while under suspension, a speed warning and a property damage crash.  The seizures of marijuana were of a size not associated with personal use but measured in pound amounts of just...

WHP ADVANCES TO IN-CAR COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH & REPORTING

WHP ADVANCES TO IN-CAR COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH & REPORTING

Date: 01/17/2014 

Cheyenne – Advances in technology have come to the Troopers of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.  Although we have had in car touch-screen computers in our patrol vehicles for some time now, Troopers can now run nationwide drivers license checks, vehicle registrations and will issue citations right from the in-car computer (MDT).  The advances to the MDT (Mobile Data Terminal) in the patrol vehicles extends the reach of critical information giving Troopers access to a statewide roadway map and other features such as two-way messaging and Wyoming and nationwide warrant queries. The Trooper will be able...

TRACTOR TRAILER ROLLS SPILLING 2,500 GALLONS OF HOT OIL

TRACTOR TRAILER ROLLS SPILLING 2,500 GALLONS OF HOT OIL

Date: 01/15/2014 

Lovell – A tractor trailer tanker crash this morning at 9:46 a.m. 5 miles south of  Lovell on WYO 310 has sent a Salt Lake City man to the hospital and resulted in the spill of approximately 2,500 gallons of hot oil. The driver of the combination, Bruce Siggard, was treated and released from the North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.  Siggard was driving a tractor trailer tanker trailer combination that was pulling a pup trailer.  The combination went off the right side of the roadway which caused the truck tractor and first trailer to roll.  The tanker trailer that rolled suffered a breach of the...

WYOMING TRAFFIC FATALITIES DROP TO LOWEST SINCE THE YEAR 1945

WYOMING TRAFFIC FATALITIES DROP TO LOWEST SINCE THE YEAR 1945

Date: 01/03/2014 

Cheyenne – According to preliminary numbers, it appears Wyoming's highway traffic fatality count in 2013 will be the lowest it has been since the year 1945 which saw 71 fatalities in the State.  As it stands at the moment, Wyoming's 2013 traffic fatality count from vehicle crashes will account for 86 deaths for the year.  The 2013 number is down 34 fatalities as reported for the previous year in 2012 or a 28.3% reduction for the year. These numbers reflect all fatal traffic crashes and reported fatalities investigated by city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies across the State...

DO NOT BRING YOUR COLORADO PURCHASED MARIJUANA INTO WYOMING

DO NOT BRING YOUR COLORADO PURCHASED MARIJUANA INTO WYOMING

Date: 01/02/2014 

Cheyenne – The new law that went into effect January 1st in the State of Colorado making possession of marijuana legal to sell and possess in that State has generated many questions to our office from the media. The Wyoming Highway Patrol has no plans to increase patrols on highways near the state line to look for those transporting marijuana into the State from Colorado.  It will be business as usual for the Troopers who always are on alert for any criminal activity.  The bottom line, any amount of marijuana in either dried or in plant form in the State of Wyoming is illegal to possess.  Individuals...

STOPPED PATROL VEHICLE STRUCK BY HIT & RUN DRIVER

STOPPED PATROL VEHICLE STRUCK BY HIT & RUN DRIVER

Date: 12/31/2013 

Rock Springs – Occasionally, even law enforcement becomes the victim of impaired driving.  This was the case early Sunday morning shortly after 1:00 a.m. as a Trooper sat in his patrol car on the shoulder of Interstate 80 working a previous crash. The incident occurred approximately 3 miles west of Rock Springs on the eastbound side.  The Trooper's parked vehicle had the emergency lights activated when he noticed a vehicle approaching from behind and encroaching towards his vehicle. The Trooper was able to move his vehicle slightly before the right rear of his patrol vehicle was struck. The driver...

Colorado State Patrol Trooper injured investigating crash

Colorado State Patrol Trooper injured investigating crash

Date: 12/20/2013 

ADAMS COUNTY, CO - A Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol was seriously injured when a 1996 Ford van hit her Patrol car while she was investigating a crash.  On December 19 at approximately 2245 hours (10:45 PM) Trooper Adeline Roybal was parked on the left shoulder and median of Interstate 70, mile marker 292 westbound in a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria.  A second patrol vehicle, a 2012 Dodge Charger, was parked in front of her.  The Ford van, going westbound in the left lane, traveled onto the left shoulder of the roadway before its front collided with Roybals Patrol vehicle.  The van rotated and...

INTERDICTION BY TROOPER LEADS TO ADDITIONAL WARRANTS FOR IDENTITY THEFT

INTERDICTION BY TROOPER LEADS TO ADDITIONAL WARRANTS FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Date: 12/20/2013 

Cheyenne – The majority of traffic contacts a Trooper makes end quickly with a citation or a warning, however, a simple traffic stop can sometimes lead to the discovery of additional criminal activity.  During a Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 deployment exercise on Interstate 80 in Laramie County in August of this year Troopers arrested two individuals, an adult male driver and adult male passenger, who were found to be transporting approximately 5 pounds of marijuana.  The marijuana was being transported from California to an unknown location in North Carolina.  Each was charged with felony possession...

CHEYENNE AREA DUI TASK FORCE ENFORCEMENT

CHEYENNE AREA DUI TASK FORCE ENFORCEMENT

Date: 12/19/2013 

Cheyenne – Effective DUI task forces are an important mechanism for decreasing the state's alcohol-related injury and fatality rates.  The Cheyenne area DUI Task Force is deployed at random times, usually during a holiday period, to saturate various locations within Laramie County with law enforcement officers patrolling for impaired drivers.  On December 31st starting at 9:00 p.m. Troopers stationed in Cheyenne with the Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in the DUI Task Force with the Cheyenne Police Department, Laramie County Sheriff's Department and the Wyoming State Parks Law Enforcement....

MARIJUANA "WAX" COMINGLED WITH OVER 13 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

MARIJUANA "WAX" COMINGLED WITH OVER 13 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

Date: 12/17/2013 

Evanston – The newest and latest way to illegally use marijuana is for a kitchen chemist to make marijuana wax.  Marijuana "wax" is more than 80% pure THC which is the active ingredient in marijuana, compared to 20% to 30% in the marijuana leaves.  A 56 year-old resident from the State of Virginia has been arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form following a traffic stop 40 miles west of Evanston on eastbound Interstate 80. Larry Betterton was stopped for a speeding violation on December...

SUSPECT IN FLORIDA DOUBLE HOMICIDE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

SUSPECT IN FLORIDA DOUBLE HOMICIDE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

Date: 12/16/2013 

Wheatland – Two individuals, one wanted on a nationwide BOLO for homicide, remain in custody this morning in Wyoming. A Trooper patrolling northbound Interstate 25 approximately 3 miles south of Wheatland Thursday evening pulled in behind a stranded motorist in a green Ford pickup with Florida tags to check on them.  Temperatures remain below freezing in the State and Troopers often stop to check on stranded motorists to make sure they have help and offering assistance throughout their daily patrols. The male driver informed the Trooper that they had ran out of fuel and were waiting for someone...

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS SEE SUCCESS

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS SEE SUCCESS

Date: 12/09/2013 

Cheyenne – The holiday enforcement efforts by Troopers and cooperation from the motoring public appears to have experienced notable success with no highway fatalities reported across the State from Thanksgiving day Thursday thru Sunday evening. Extra Troopers were allowed to work overtime either prior to or after their regular scheduled shifts over the holiday weekend.  Troopers were determined to make the holiday weekend safe by high visibility enforcement and education on the States roadways. The enforcement and criminal interdiction efforts by Troopers resulted in the following activities:  ...

TROOPERS LOCATE STRANDED & LOST MOTORIST

TROOPERS LOCATE STRANDED & LOST MOTORIST

Date: 11/25/2013 

Sheridan – A 19 year-old female was located by Troopers on a U.S. Forest Service road in the Big Horn Mountains after she was reported overdue by worried family.  She did have a cell phone, however, there was no contact with her either by text or by phone.  On November 16th Troopers were given an ATL (Attempt To Locate) on her red 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.  She was to be traveling from South Dakota and was due to arrive in Powell, Wyoming on November 15th, but never showed up.  The last time anyone heard from her was the evening before and she stated she had just passed a Forest Service sign...

Slow down and prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions

Slow down and prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions

Date: 11/08/2013 

Hundreds of big game animals are killed in collisions with vehicles every year in Wyoming. There are many "hot spots" for animal-vehicle collisions throughout central and northwest Wyoming. Some of these areas include Wyoming 28 between Lander and South Pass, Wyoming 131 (Sinks Canyon Road) south of Lander, U.S. 26 west of Riverton, U.S. 26/287 between Diversion Dam and Dubois, U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 between Wind River Canyon and Kirby, U.S. 16-20 between Basin and Greybull, Wyoming 120 near Thermopolis, U.S. 14A between Cody and Powell, and U.S. 14-16-20 between Cody and Yellowstone National Park....

TROOPERS REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IN FATAL HIT & RUN

TROOPERS REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IN FATAL HIT & RUN

Date: 11/05/2013 

Lingle – Wyoming Highway Troopers in the Lingle area are investigating a fatal hit & run involving a local Lingle resident.  Troopers responded to a report of a pedestrian vs. vehicle crash in downtown Lingle late Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m.  Troopers arrived and found 69 year-old Keith Beers fatally injured on US 85.   It appears Beers was attempting to cross the street in the crosswalk when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle failed to stop.  This crash remains under investigation and Troopers are asking for anyone with information on the driver or the vehicle...

WHP K-9 UNCOVERS 16 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA DURING TRAFFIC STOP

WHP K-9 UNCOVERS 16 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA DURING TRAFFIC STOP

Date: 11/04/2013 

Evanston – Just over 16 pounds of high grade marijuana was seized from a Lynnwood, Washington, driver who was stopped on eastbound Interstate 80 approximately 45 miles east of Evanston. The traffic stop, for following too close, was made Wednesday, November 2nd.  Twenty-three year-old Velasco Acosta has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form greater than 3 ounces, felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and felony conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.  Highway Patrol K-9 "Hank" was deployed around the vehicle after the...

NIGHT TIME DRIVING SAFETY TIPS

NIGHT TIME DRIVING SAFETY TIPS

Date: 10/25/2013 

Cheyenne – With the approach of daylight savings time on Sunday, November 3rd, many drivers may find themselves driving home after work in the dark.  That means drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians need to be alert come Monday and need to see and be seen.  According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities are three times greater at night than during the day even though there are less drivers out at night.  You as a responsible driver can perform several measures to maximize your safety when driving at night.  Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers recommend the following 10 important steps for...

DRIVER RAISES TROOPERS SUSPICIONS AT TRUCK STOP

DRIVER RAISES TROOPERS SUSPICIONS AT TRUCK STOP

Date: 10/22/2013 

Casper – The majority of contacts a Trooper makes are usually out on the highway.  However, criminal interdictions can happen anywhere at any time.  Thus was the case in Casper last Thursday evening at a local truck stop where two Troopers were taking their break.  A BMW passenger vehicle pulled into the lot and parked at the restaurant with its high beam headlights aimed directly at the Troopers seated inside.  The vehicle remained there for several minutes with the high beams aimed at the Troopers.  The Troopers were concerned about their safety not being able to see the vehicles occupants. ...

Study determining effects of wildlife warning reflectors on wildlife-vehicle collisions moves to Big Horn, Fremont counties

Study determining effects of wildlife warning reflectors on wildlife-vehicle collisions moves to Big Horn, Fremont counties

Date: 10/14/2013 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools are continuing a three-year study this fall and winter to evaluate the effects of wildlife warning reflectors on wildlife-vehicle collisions in Big Horn and Fremont counties. This fall's and winter's study is limited to the areas between Basin and Greybull on U.S. 16/20, and west of Riverton on U.S. 26. Part of the study involves covering wildlife warning reflectors with bags to study deer behavior with and without the reflectors working as they are intended. "The researchers are studying the reflector...

WHAT DOES "NO LIGHT TRAILERS" AND "CLOSED TO LIGHT AND HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES" MEAN

WHAT DOES "NO LIGHT TRAILERS" AND "CLOSED TO LIGHT AND HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES" MEAN

Date: 10/11/2013 

Cheyenne – With the approach of the fall and winter weather season comes the occurrence of strong winds in Wyoming.  A new strong winter storm is on the horizon to hit portions of the State within the next 9 to 12 hours.  The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for a portion of southeastern Wyoming for Friday.  Winds could gust as high as 60 mph after midnight tonight and 50 mph later in the morning in the high wind watch area.  Dry or even icy and snow packed roadways can become hazardous for operators of light high profile vehicles during these high wind events.  WYDOT, working...

TIME TO PREPARE FOR WINTER DRIVING

TIME TO PREPARE FOR WINTER DRIVING

Date: 10/07/2013 

Cheyenne – The latest winter storm to hit the state this last week found many motorists unprepared for the winter conditions. Even though weather notices were sent out several days in advance of the storm, road closures caught many motorists by surprise.  Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers have the following recommendations for motorists: Before starting any winter trip find out what the road and weather conditions are at present on the route you’ll be taking, and what the forecast is for the near future. The latest road conditions within Wyoming can be found on your electronic device by going to...

STRANDED MOTORISTS ADVISED TO SHELTER IN THEIR VEHICLE

STRANDED MOTORISTS ADVISED TO SHELTER IN THEIR VEHICLE

Date: 10/04/2013 

Cheyenne – High winds, heavy snowfall and blowing and drifting snow have created whiteout conditions in north central and eastern Wyoming creating hazardous conditions for motorists.  Many roadways in that area of the State remain closed at this time and are impassable.  Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatchers have been in contact via cell phone with stranded motorists who have been stranded on Interstate 25 north of Casper, WYO 387 between Wright and Midwest and on US 85 north of Lusk.  Troopers and WYDOT personnel attempting to rescue stranded motorists are encountering snow drifts approximately 4...

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS & WYDOT ASSISTING COLORADO

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS & WYDOT ASSISTING COLORADO

Date: 09/13/2013 

Cheyenne – Highway closures continue in areas of Denver and portions of northern Colorado. Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers are assisting WYDOT personnel at this time to close highway US 85 south out of Cheyenne and highway US 287 south out of Laramie due to flooding and rock slides in the State of Colorado.  This request for additional road closures has been made from Colorado State Patrol and CDOT.  Earlier this morning WYDOT closed I-25 SOUTHBOUND out of Cheyenne due to the weather emergency in Colorado. This has been at the request of Colorado due to flooding conditions and washouts of the roadway...

WHP Drug Detection K-9's Go To Watercraft Training Class

WHP Drug Detection K-9's Go To Watercraft Training Class

Date: 09/12/2013 

Rock Springs – The Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9's, just like people, must attend refresher courses and new training to stay current with their important duties and to remain certified.  The WHP drug detection K-9's provide support to the Troopers and other law enforcement agencies during vehicle and building searches for illegal drugs.  The K-9's are able to detect the odors from controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Recently, the Southwest Narcotics Interdiction Force (S.N.I.F.) conducted a joint training exercise with the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office...

WHP TO FOCUS ON COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY IN BIG HORN BASIN

WHP TO FOCUS ON COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY IN BIG HORN BASIN

Date: 09/11/2013 

Cody – Wyoming Highway Patrol teams will be working in the Big Horn Basin Sept. 16-20 to educate commercial vehicle drivers about the importance of driving safely and maintaining a safe vehicle and to remove unsafe vehicles from the road. Troopers and port of entry personnel will be working as a Mobile Enforcement and Education Team (MEET) in Big Horn, Park, Washakie and Hot Springs counties during the five-day period. They will focus on commercial vehicle safety violations as well as commercial vehicle driver qualifications and log books. The Patrol is charged with ensuring the safe operation...

MORE ILLEGAL DRUG SEIZURES FROM SPEEDING VEHICLES

MORE ILLEGAL DRUG SEIZURES FROM SPEEDING VEHICLES

Date: 09/06/2013 

Cheyenne – Troopers in the past several weeks have made drug seizures of marijuana, methamphetamine, oxycodone tablets and hydrocodone tablets from traffic stops.  All of the traffic stops were made on drivers exceeding the posted speed limit.  Just to show how dangerous these encounters with drug traffickers can be for law enforcement officers, Troopers also seized two handguns in two separate stops.  The handguns could have easily been reached by the vehicle occupants. During a traffic stop for a speeding violation on eastbound Interstate 80 on August 26th approximately 19 miles east of Cheyenne...

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL ASSISTS IN CAPTURE OF BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL ASSISTS IN CAPTURE OF BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT

Date: 08/27/2013 

Afton – Through the combined efforts of bank employees, the public, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department and the Afton Police Department there has been a successful arrest of a bank robbery suspect within 20 minutes after the robbery. The suspect was arrested after Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers were alerted to a robbery from the First National Bank on Washington Street in Afton late Monday afternoon. The suspect entered the bank, demanded money and then left the area with an undisclosed amount of cash in a red Toyota pickup.  The fleeing pickup was reported headed southbound...

TROOPERS PATROLLING LONG HOURS THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

TROOPERS PATROLLING LONG HOURS THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Date: 08/26/2013 

Cheyenne – Motorists traveling in Wyoming during the long Labor Day Holiday weekend will see extra vigilance by State Troopers on our roads.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement efforts with more Troopers who will be working overtime.  On August 30th and 31st, the Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in a DUI Task Force with the Cheyenne Police Department, the Laramie County Sheriff's Office and the Wyoming State Parks Law Enforcement. These dates coincide with the Labor Day Holiday and the temptation of drinking and driving because of the long weekend.  Local law...

Lt. Jim Thomas represents the WHP at "Longmire Days" in Buffalo

Lt. Jim Thomas represents the WHP at "Longmire Days" in Buffalo

Date: 08/22/2013 

Lt. Jim Thomas (Worland) represented the WHP during a softball game held in Buffalo at the Longmire Days celebration. Thomas played first base for the Red Pony Saloon team against the cast of the Longmire TV show.  Cast members who participated in the event were: Robert Taylor - Walt Longmire Bailey Chase - Branch Connelly Adam Bartley - Ferg Cassidy Freeman - Cady Longmire Katee Sackhoff - "Vic" The two-day event, which featured a book signing with Johnson, autographs with the actors, a poker ride, street dance and softball game, was organized by the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from...

PURSUIT OF WANTED MULTI-STATE FELON ENDS IN CRASH IN RIVERTON

PURSUIT OF WANTED MULTI-STATE FELON ENDS IN CRASH IN RIVERTON

Date: 08/13/2013 

Riverton – When a Hot Springs County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a Chevrolet Crew Cab pickup in connection with a BOLO for outstanding felony warrants the suspect fled starting a multi-county chase in which State Troopers soon joined.  The pursuit which began in Hot Springs County near Thermopolis shortly after 5:00 p.m. continued through the Wind River Canyon on US 20.  The pursuit continued southbound at the junction of US 20 and WYO 789 in Shoshoni where the Wyoming Highway Patrol took over the pursuit as the lead agency. Multiple attempts to spike the vehicles tires during the pursuit...

88 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED DURING TRAFFIC STOP

88 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED DURING TRAFFIC STOP

Date: 08/13/2013 

Cheyenne – A traffic stop on an eastbound vehicle traveling on Interstate 80 last Sunday (August 4th) resulted in the arrest of the driver and the seizure of just over 88 pounds of marijuana.  The driver, Porn Souwankham who listed an address in Minnesota, gave Troopers permission to search his vehicle after he was stopped and warned for following too closely. The marijuana, with a street value of approximately $528,000.00,  was found in the trunk in three duffle bags during a search of the vehicle.  Souwankham faces felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled...

TROOPERS INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE AT STATE CENTRAL MAIL FACILITY

TROOPERS INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE AT STATE CENTRAL MAIL FACILITY

Date: 08/12/2013 

Cheyenne – Operations at the State of Wyoming Central Mail Facility were stopped as Troopers investigated a suspicious package that arrived this morning and was discovered in the sorting process. The package, which was addressed to Governor Matt Mead's office, was suspicious to workers at the facility who were processing and sorting mail as there was no package scheduled for delivery.  A Trooper responded to the scene and requested assistance from the Cheyenne Fire Department Hazmat Team. The Cheyenne Fire Department Hazmat Team has specialized equipment which Troopers do not have access to.  The...

South Dakota and Wyoming Troopers Conduct Joint I-90 Enforcement Operation During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

South Dakota and Wyoming Troopers Conduct Joint I-90 Enforcement Operation During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Date: 08/08/2013 

Sundance – State Troopers from South Dakota and Wyoming made 24 arrests and issued 49 warnings during a joint enforcement operation Wednesday, August 7, on Interstate 90 between Sturgis, South Dakota, and Sundance, Wyoming and portions of S.D. Hwy 34 and U.S. Hwy 212. With the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in full gear, the joint operation focused on criminal interdiction, speeding and drinking and driving. This is the first year South Dakota and Wyoming have joined together for the enforcement effort. “The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a busy time for law enforcement every year,” Capt. Kevin...

MARIJUANA & CURRENCY SEIZED DURING TRAFFIC STOP

MARIJUANA & CURRENCY SEIZED DURING TRAFFIC STOP

Date: 08/01/2013 

Evanston – A traffic stop Tuesday on Interstate 80 east of Evanston has resulted in one felony arrest of a Moss Beach, California resident and the seizure of over 6 pounds of marijuana and over $1,000.00 in currency.  The stop on the eastbound vehicle occurred just after 6:00 p.m. approximately 15 miles east of Evanston.  During the traffic stop the Trooper deployed his drug detection K-9 who alerted on the vehicle. The Trooper then searched the vehicle and discovered the marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle in a metal container.  The driver, and only occupant, Forty year-old Timothy L. Heerman...

"I-80 CHALLENGE HIGHWAY SAFETY INITIATIVE" NEARS END DATE

"I-80 CHALLENGE HIGHWAY SAFETY INITIATIVE" NEARS END DATE

Date: 07/29/2013 

Cheyenne – From July 24th to mid-night on July 31st, the Wyoming Highway Patrol joins other Highway Patrol and State Police agencies serving the Interstate 80 corridor across the U.S. who will be cracking down on drivers who are speeding, driving drunk or distracted, or not wearing a seat belt, with the goal of achieving a zero fatality rate for the eight-day period. We must band together to get drunk drivers off our roads and protect our citizens by continuing to aggressively conduct safety initiatives such as the "I-80 Challenge Highway Safety Initiative". As we approach mid-summer and motorists...

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL LAUNCHES "I-80 CHALLENGE HIGHWAY SAFETY INITIATIVE"

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL LAUNCHES "I-80 CHALLENGE HIGHWAY SAFETY INITIATIVE"

Date: 07/12/2013 

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Highway Patrol is teaming up with other law enforcement officials from California to New Jersey for a special “I-80 Challenge Highway Safety Initiative" to ramp up enforcement of life-saving traffic safety laws during one of the busiest travel times of the year. From July 24th to July 31st, Wyoming Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials serving the Interstate 80 corridor across the U.S. will be cracking down on drivers who are speeding, driving drunk or distracted, or not wearing a seat belt, with the goal of achieving a zero fatality rate for the eight-day period....

Woman attempts suicide while driving

Woman attempts suicide while driving

Date: 06/19/2013 

Release from Fremont County Sheriff's Office: A 33 year old Kinnear woman remains hospitalized after a collision that occurred near the intersection of Highway 26 and Diversion Dam Road Sunday evening.  Deputy Sheriff’s had been called to a residence on   Diversion Dam Road Sunday afternoon for a reported domestic dispute between the woman and her boyfriend; the man was the reporting party in the incident.  Upon arrival, Deputies were informed the woman had fled the area in a vehicle after making several comments about harming herself.  A Wyoming State Trooper was stationed near mile post 99 on...

COLORADO ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED NEAR DOUGLAS

COLORADO ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED NEAR DOUGLAS

Date: 06/14/2013 

Douglas – A suspect wanted by the Denver Police Department on an outstanding warrant for attempted murder and 1st degree aggravated assault with a weapon was taken into custody in Wyoming after being stopped by a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper for speeding.  The suspect, 27 year-old Jamal Watkins, was arrested after being clocked by radar speeding 89 mph in a 75 mph zone on northbound Interstate 25 approximately 10 miles west of Douglas. During the traffic stop the Trooper discovered Watkins was wanted on a nationwide felony warrant and was informed Watkins was to be considered armed and dangerous. The...

TANKER CRASH CLOSES EASTBOUND US 30 NEAR MEDICINE BOW

TANKER CRASH CLOSES EASTBOUND US 30 NEAR MEDICINE BOW

Date: 05/24/2013 

Medicine Bow – The Memorial Day Holiday is off to a sketchy start with a tanker rollover which has caused the eastbound lanes of US 30 to be closed approximately 7 miles west of Medicine Bow. Troopers were dispatched to the rollover crash just before 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.  There were no injuries reported in the crash which involved only the tractor trailer combination which was pulling two tanker trailers.  The rear trailer rolled coming to rest just off the roadway when the driver swerved.  The combination was hauling 39,000 pounds of liquid asphalt sealer which has to be kept hot.  This particular...

TROOPERS PREPARED FOR SUMMERS FIRST HOLIDAY WEEKEND, MEMORIAL DAY

TROOPERS PREPARED FOR SUMMERS FIRST HOLIDAY WEEKEND, MEMORIAL DAY

Date: 05/17/2013 

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in the nationwide May Mobilization Seat Belt Enforcement campaign, which starts at 12:00 a.m. May 20th and ends at midnight June 2nd.  The campaign focuses on “High Visibility Enforcement” during the Memorial Day Holiday period.  Law Enforcement officers across the State of Wyoming and the United States, will unite their efforts in an attempt to reduce the number of unrestrained fatalities and injuries associated with vehicle crashes. "The best way for us to accomplish this task, is to take a “Zero Tolerance” stance towards those drivers...

STRONG WINDS CREATE "DIRT BLIZZARD" WITH ZERO VISIBILITY CAUSING ROAD CLOSURE

STRONG WINDS CREATE "DIRT BLIZZARD" WITH ZERO VISIBILITY CAUSING ROAD CLOSURE

Date: 03/14/2013 

Torrington – Yesterdays strong gusty winds created what one Trooper called a “Dirt Blizzard” in eastern Wyoming that resulted in hazardous driving conditions and zero visibility for motorists traveling on US 85 south of Torrington. The zero visibility resulted from blowing crop land dirt which prompted WYDOT to close US 85 south of Torrington at approximately 1:00 p.m.  The highway remained closed until just before 7:00 p.m. when the winds died down and the visibility improved.    Troopers were dispatched to several non-injury crashes in that area and were also called upon to rescue stranded motorists...

Don't Drive Drunk in Wyoming This St. Patrick's Day

Don't Drive Drunk in Wyoming This St. Patrick's Day

Date: 03/12/2013 

Cheyenne – As St. Patrick's Day approaches, The Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they've been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010.  Whether you are gathering with friends at the local pub or attending the big party, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely.   The Wyoming Highway Patrol will have extra Troopers on patrol statewide throughout...

WANTED FUGITIVE CAPTURED WITH 15 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

WANTED FUGITIVE CAPTURED WITH 15 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

Date: 01/14/2013 

Evanston – Two men remain in custody after a traffic stop this weekend led to the discovery of just over 15 pounds of packaged marijuana. One of the individuals arrested was also wanted on an outstanding felony warrant from the State of Florida.  The traffic stop for an alleged speeding violation of 85 mph in a 75 mph zone was made Sunday afternoon approximately 31 miles east of Evanston on eastbound Interstate 80. Upon contacting the driver of the speeding vehicle the Trooper could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicles interior.    The driver, 33 year-old Dennis Rodriguez,...

NOT A TYPICAL TROOPER CRASH INVESTIGATION

NOT A TYPICAL TROOPER CRASH INVESTIGATION

Date: 01/11/2013 

Medicine Bow – Troopers are called to investigate crashes on a daily basis on Wyoming’s highways with no two crashes ever being the same during their entire career. There are however, those crashes that stand out among the many.  Just such a crash occurred Wednesday just before 9:00 a.m. on highway WYO 487 which runs through the town of Medicine Bow. A Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash reported to be a car crashing into a garage.    When the Trooper arrived on scene the driver of the Ford Focus passenger car was in the process of being extricated from the vehicle by local fire department...

DRIVER OF STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TROOPERS ON CHASE

DRIVER OF STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TROOPERS ON CHASE

Date: 01/02/2013 

Riverton – A 32 year-old Alliance, Ohio man remains in custody after leading a Trooper on a 59 mile chase in Fremont County on Saturday evening. The vehicle he was operating, a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup, had been reported stolen on December 21st from Alliance, Ohio. The incident began shortly after 9:00 P.M. when a Trooper observed a vehicle speeding 86 mph in a 65 mph zone on US 26 just outside of Riverton. The Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to comply.    The pursuit went northbound out of Riverton on US 26/287 during which the driver attempted to lose the Trooper by...

TROOPERS PARTICIPATING IN HEIGHTENED DUI ENFORCEMENT NEW YEAR'S EVE

TROOPERS PARTICIPATING IN HEIGHTENED DUI ENFORCEMENT NEW YEAR'S EVE

Date: 12/27/2012 

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be placing extra Troopers on the State’s roadways during saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers on New Year’s Eve.  These extra patrols are carried out by officers assigned solely to look for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some Troopers will also be participating in multi-jurisdictional programs in their areas assisting other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to make the holiday period safer for drivers and pedestrians.    The purpose of the DUI saturation enforcement campaign is to educate the driving public in regards...

Winter driving tips; driving near snow plows requires care, patience

Winter driving tips; driving near snow plows requires care, patience

Date: 12/17/2012 

Are you prepared for winter driving?   Some of the basic ways to be prepared include installing winter windshield wiper blades, and checking our headlights and tire pressure.   When driving on ice, accelerate slowly -- pretend that an egg is sitting under your gas pedal.   To stop on the ice, remove your foot slowly from the gas pedal. If your vehicle is equipped with ABS brakes, step on your brakes when slowing. The braking system will help you stop on icy roads.   Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance professionals, who work on our roadways every day of the year, share the following...

TROOPERS DISCOVER FALSE BED IN PICKUP PACKED WITH 23 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

TROOPERS DISCOVER FALSE BED IN PICKUP PACKED WITH 23 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

Date: 11/21/2012 

Laramie – A traffic stop on a speeding pickup truck has landed the operator of the pickup in jail charged with three felonies and the loss of his 23 pounds of marijuana that was stashed in a false compartment.  A Trooper on Monday stopped the pickup approximately 6 miles south of Laramie on US 287 for exceeding the 65 MPH speed limit. The Trooper could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the pickup as the two visited about the speeding violation. The Trooper could also see some marijuana in plain view in the cab of the pickup.   That led Troopers to search the pickup whereupon they discovered...

ONE DEAD AFTER PURSUIT OF STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

ONE DEAD AFTER PURSUIT OF STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

Date: 10/19/2012 

Rawlins – A Rawlins resident has died from a self inflicted gunshot after the termination of a vehicle pursuit of a motorcycle yesterday evening. The Wyoming Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident which led up to the suspect committing suicide along the highway just east of Rawlins.  The incident began when a Trooper witnessed a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed through Arlington just after 10:00 p.m. Thursday evening and began to follow the motorcycle as it continued westbound on Interstate 80. The Trooper stopped the motorcyclist approximately 2 miles west of Arlington...

Seat Belts Save Lives In Laramie Crash

Seat Belts Save Lives In Laramie Crash

Date: 10/16/2012 

Laramie – Here are the details of this significant roll over today that ended up in a flight for life times two helicopters at Mile Post 286.50 I-80 Eastbound. On October 16th, 2012 at approximately 0854 hours, 71 year old George R McClellan and his wife Bonnie J McClellan (67 yr. old) from Overland, Kansas were eastbound on Interstate 80 near Mile Post 286.50 in the driving lane traveling at approximately 75 mph.  The McClellan's were driving their 2005 Honda Odyssey Van and had their dog with them.  It is believed that the cruise control was on when according to Ms. McClellan, Mr. McClellan likely...

National Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week

Date: 10/15/2012 

Cheyenne – Statistics show that nearly 3,100 people were killed and an additional 416,000 were injured across the nation in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver during 2010.  With more than 196 billion text messages sent and received just during June of last year alone, plus numerous other activities that can take a driver’s attention from the road, distracted driving continues to plague all drivers, but particularly teen drivers, in Wyoming and across the country.    That is one big reason the Wyoming Highway Patrolis joining with Safe Communities, WYDOT Highway Safety, Cheyenne...

FATAL CRASH CLOSES EASTBOUND I-80 BETWEEN LARAMIE & CHEYENNE

FATAL CRASH CLOSES EASTBOUND I-80 BETWEEN LARAMIE & CHEYENNE

Date: 10/08/2012 

Laramie – An early morning crash has claimed at least one life this morning and Troopers are searching the crash scene for additional victims. The crash occurred near the Vedauwoo Interchange which is approximately 15 miles east of Laramie around 2:30 a.m. At this time Troopers believe 7 vehicles are involved in the crash with several tractor trailer combinations, two of which have been totally consumed by fire. Weather conditions at the time of the crash were dense fog and black ice on the roadway. Speeds had been reduced to 45 mph by WYDOT’s Traffic Management Center.   Two victims have been...

TRUCK INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH ON TETON PASS WAS OVERWEIGHT

TRUCK INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH ON TETON PASS WAS OVERWEIGHT

Date: 10/05/2012 

Jackson – Troopers investigating the fatal runaway truck crash at the bottom of the east side of Teton Pass on September 30th have determined that the tractor trailer combination was between 15,000 to 18,000 pounds overweight.  Teton Pass is approximately 22 miles in length and reaches an altitude of 8,431 feet. The pass connects the Jackson Hole Valley to the Teton Valley of eastern Idaho.    The driver of the tractor trailer combination, 36 year-old Jay Winn, was descending a 10% grade on Teton Pass pulling a car crusher. The last runaway truck ramp is approximately 3 miles prior to where Winn...

TANKER TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL CRASHES CLOSING INTERSTATE 25

TANKER TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL CRASHES CLOSING INTERSTATE 25

Date: 09/25/2012 

Wheatland – Troopers are investigating a tractor trailer tanker crash this morning approximately 2 miles north of Wheatland. The crash, which occurred shortly after 3:00 a.m., has resulted in the closure of both north and southbound lanes of Interstate 25 due to the spill of the tankers cargo, crude oil.  Troopers on scene estimate a good portion of the tankers 200 barrels of crude oil have spilled when the tanker trailer was breached during the crash. Traffic is being diverted onto WYO 320 at Wheatland for northbound traffic and at the US 26 Junction for southbound traffic. Motorists traveling...

SOMETIMES IT'S JUST WAY TOO EASY

SOMETIMES IT'S JUST WAY TOO EASY

Date: 09/05/2012 

Cheyenne – Sometimes it takes law enforcement officers hours or even weeks to research, search for and then locate wanted criminals. Sometimes the criminal themselves just make it too easy to locate them. On two separate occasions this past week Troopers were able to easily apprehend two wanted felons.    The first incident occurred on Wednesday nine miles south of Laramie on US 287 when the Wyoming Highway Patrol received a traffic complaint on a vehicle that was reported to be weaving and driving on two flat tires. Two Troopers responded and made contact with the alleged vehicle.    The driver,...

STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT CROSSES STATE LINE INTO IDAHO

STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT CROSSES STATE LINE INTO IDAHO

Date: 08/29/2012 

Kemmerer – As if stealing a motor vehicle and being pursued by Wyoming Troopers isn’t bad enough, driving a stolen motor vehicle across state lines is a federal crime, investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by the Department of Justice. However, not all such crimes will actually be prosecuted at the federal level. Saturday evening a Wyoming Trooper was assisted by Idaho law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions who eventually arrested a 17 year-old juvenile run-away driving a stolen vehicle taken from a job site in Green River, Wyoming, hours before.    The Wyoming Trooper observed the...

CAR FIRE TEMPORARILY CLOSES WESTBOUND INTERSTATE 80/US 30

CAR FIRE TEMPORARILY CLOSES WESTBOUND INTERSTATE 80/US 30

Date: 08/29/2012 

Cheyenne – Troopers continue to investigate a car fire that happened this afternoon just before 1:00 p.m. approximately 15 miles east of Cheyenne. The car fire also started a grass fire that began to spread in the dry grass. Due to the fire and limited visibility from smoke Troopers were forced to close both east and west bound lanes of US 30 and one lane of westbound Interstate 80.  The vehicle, a Dodge Intrepid, was observed being driven westbound on Interstate 80. A Trooper was nearby and had been notified via cell phone by an off duty Trooper that the car had flames coming out from underneath...

CALIFORNIA MAN ARRESTED NEAR EVANSTON AFTER MARIJUANA FOUND IN RENTAL CAR

CALIFORNIA MAN ARRESTED NEAR EVANSTON AFTER MARIJUANA FOUND IN RENTAL CAR

Date: 08/29/2012 

Evanston – A traffic stop by Troopers for a speeding violation of 83 mph in a 75 mph zone on Interstate 80 has led to the arrest and felony charges filed on a 47 year-old man from Laguna Woods, California.  Michael A. Howard was traveling eastbound approximately 30 miles east of Evanston on August 23rd when a pair of State Troopers stopped his speeding rented Chevrolet Camaro.    Howard’s demeanor and inconsistencies in his travel plans made the Troopers suspicious whereupon they called for a Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection K-9 to respond to their location. The K-9 alerted on the vehicle...

HELP PREVENT THE LIFE-CHANGING MISTAKE OF A DWUI ARREST OR WORSE THIS HOLIDAY

HELP PREVENT THE LIFE-CHANGING MISTAKE OF A DWUI ARREST OR WORSE THIS HOLIDAY

Date: 08/23/2012 

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Highway Patrol continues its commitment and responsibility as Wyoming’s leader in highway safety. Wyoming Troopers will be working overtime this upcoming Labor Day Holiday period to eliminate drunk driving and lower crashes.  As always, Troopers will aggressively seek out impaired drivers. Troopers will maintain high visibility saturation patrols across the State to apprehend drivers who make the poor choice to drink and drive.    However, even with this ample warning and the increased presence of Troopers on Wyoming’s highways there will be those drivers who make the wrong...

TRUCK DRIVERS ARRESTED WITH OVER 230 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

TRUCK DRIVERS ARRESTED WITH OVER 230 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

Date: 08/20/2012 

Elk Mountain – On Sunday morning shortly after 8:00 a.m. a Trooper patrolling in the Elk Mountain area conducted a traffic stop and commercial vehicle inspection on a tractor trailer combination. A subsequent search of the contents of the trailer led to the discovery of just over 231 pounds of high grade marijuana which has an approximate street value of $1,386,000.00.  During the roadside inspection, statements by the driver and items listed in the log book raised interest. The Trooper inspected the load and found some items that were not listed on the shipper’s bill of lading. The 10 boxes of...

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO SEIZURE OF 200 DOSAGE UNITS OF LSD

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO SEIZURE OF 200 DOSAGE UNITS OF LSD

Date: 08/15/2012 

Laramie – A Trooper performing a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle has seized a misdemeanor amount of hash and a felony amount of ecstasy in powdered form along with 200 dosage units of LSD. The 200 dosage units are the largest seizure of LSD that the Wyoming Highway Patrol has seized in the last 12 years. The traffic stop was made last week approximately 16 miles east of Laramie on eastbound Interstate 80 in Albany County. Along with the seized drugs the vehicles two occupants, 21 year-old Benjamin Hannus from Berkeley, California and 24 year-old Elysse Chapman from Reno, Nevada, have been arrested...

TROOPERS HOLD CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECKUP IN AFTON

TROOPERS HOLD CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECKUP IN AFTON

Date: 08/02/2012 

Afton – Teaching families how to safely transport their children is just one of the many jobs that Wyoming Troopers perform on a daily basis.  It is estimated that approximately 80% of car seats are misused, either because a child is in the wrong seat, the seat is installed wrong, or the child is not placed in the seat correctly. Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers who are nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians partnered recently with the Tegeler and Associates Insurance Company and held a child safety seat inspection station which was temporarily set up at the Afton Fire Department. ...

Retired Trooper William (Bill) James Sintek, 81, of Lovell died July 3, 2012.

Retired Trooper William (Bill) James Sintek, 81, of Lovell died July 3, 2012.

Date: 07/31/2012 

  March 29, 1931 – July 3, 2012 William (Bill) James Sintek, 81, of Lovell died July 3, 2012 at his home. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will occur at a later date. Bill was born March 29, 1931, in Brayton, Nebraska to Loyd and Mary Sintek. He moved to Wyoming as a youngster, his family following his father who worked in the construction industry. After living in various places in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado, the family settled in Rawlins where his father was employed at the Sinclair Oil Refinery. Bill attended schools in Rawlins and graduated from Rawlins High School. He enlisted...

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL ENFORCES A CRACKDOWN ON DRUNK RIDING

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL ENFORCES A CRACKDOWN ON DRUNK RIDING

Date: 07/26/2012 

Cheyenne – In 2011, out of the 308 reported motorcycle crashes in Wyoming, 24 of those crashes involved impaired motorcycle drivers. Alcohol affects the balance and coordination skills which are essential to riding a motorcycle.   Most people fail to realize the extreme danger of riding a motorcycle while impaired. Balance and coordination is more essential to operate a motorcycle than to drive a car. The Wyoming Highway Patrol announced today they will be joining with other Wyoming law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the State to launch an aggressive campaign on impaired riding....

WYOMING TROOPERS TEAM WITH UTAH TROOPERS FOR SAFE KIDS UINTA COUNTY EVENT

WYOMING TROOPERS TEAM WITH UTAH TROOPERS FOR SAFE KIDS UINTA COUNTY EVENT

Date: 07/12/2012 

Evanston – Safe Kids is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. According to the Safe Kids USA web site, u nintentional injuries kill more than 830,000 children annually worldwide and permanently disable even more. To combat this problem, Safe Kids was founded in 1987 by Children’s National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson.   The misuse rate of child safety seats is high. That is why the Wyoming Highway Patrol partnered with Utah Highway Patrol and Safe Kids Uinta...

TROOPER RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM ADMINISTRATOR

TROOPER RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM ADMINISTRATOR

Date: 07/02/2012 

Cheyenne – At a brief ceremony held last Wednesday Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Troy Mclees was recognized for his work in implementing and overseeing the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s “Alive At 25” highway safety program. In the summer of 2007 the Wyoming Highway Patrol was assisted by the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation in forming our own “Alive At 25” program.  The Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation (CSPFF) is currently supporting the emergence of “Alive at 25” programs in several states.   Lieutenant Mclees was presented with a Colonel’s Commendation...

NEW PASSING LAW FOR TWO-LANED ROADS IN EFFECT

NEW PASSING LAW FOR TWO-LANED ROADS IN EFFECT

Date: 07/01/2012 

 A new law that allows drivers to exceed the speed limit by up to 10 mph to pass a vehicle traveling under the speed limit on some two-lane roads in Wyoming is now in effect. The law approved by the 2012 Legislature applies only on two-lane roads with a posted speed limit of 50 mph or higher. In addition, the only vehicles the law authorizes to exceed that speed limit are passenger cars, pickups and motorcycles, and only if they are not towing a trailer. Those vehicles can exceed the posted speed limit on the highway section by up to 10 mph, in order to get around the slower vehicle safely. “As...

STOP, TEST & ARREST- WYOMING TROOPERS ON PATROL THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY

STOP, TEST & ARREST- WYOMING TROOPERS ON PATROL THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY

Date: 06/29/2012 

Cheyenne – Sadly, the Independence Day holiday is one of the deadliest holidays of the year for alcohol impaired driving crashes across the nation according to NHTSA.  In an effort to reduce the number of fatalities in Wyoming this July 4th and to make our roads safer, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding everyone that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and challenging all drivers to plan ahead this July 4th to prevent them or a loved one from becoming another statistic.   The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be partnering with other States, communities, and organizations on this impaired driving prevention...

WYOMING TROOPERS ASSIST IN ENDING MULTI-STATE VEHICLE CHASE

WYOMING TROOPERS ASSIST IN ENDING MULTI-STATE VEHICLE CHASE

Date: 06/11/2012 

Cheyenne – For the second time in two days Wyoming Troopers have been called upon to assist out-of-state law enforcement agencies in ending pursuits of wanted suspects that have crossed the State line into the great State of Wyoming.  A Colorado man remains in custody in Wyoming when shortly before 4:00 p.m. this afternoon the Laramier County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Collins, Colorado, called to advise they were in pursuit of a subject fleeing their officers northbound on Interstate 25 outside of Wellington. The suspect operating the vehicle, a 1995 GMC pickup, was wanted in connection of a...

FIVE TROOPERS MAKE THE GRADE TO BECOME ALIVE AT 25 INSTRUCTORS

FIVE TROOPERS MAKE THE GRADE TO BECOME ALIVE AT 25 INSTRUCTORS

Date: 06/07/2012 

Cheyenne – Five Wyoming Troopers from across the State have successfully completed a 40 hour course of instruction to become “Alive At 25” instructors. The Troopers were presented their certificates by Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel John Butler during a short awards ceremony held this morning in Cheyenne. “Their dedication and passion to save lives was evident throughout the training” said Wyoming Highway Patrol instructor Sergeant Duane Ellis.    The graduating Troopers will now be able to provide a 4½ hour driver education course to young drivers age 14 – 24 that will provide...

MAY MOBILIZATION "DON'T RISK IT. CLICK IT OR TICKET" CAMPAIGN

MAY MOBILIZATION "DON'T RISK IT. CLICK IT OR TICKET" CAMPAIGN

Date: 05/22/2012 

Cheyenne – From May 21st thru June 4th law enforcement agencies will be participating in a national campaign to step up enforcement in the area of seat belt use. The Wyoming Highway Patrol will join other participating law enforcement agencies across the U.S. in a “Click It or Ticket May Mobilization” to crack down on all motorists breaking traffic laws with an emphasis on seat belt and child safety seat use.      Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers will participate in high visibility enforcement in an attempt to reduce the number of unrestrained fatalities and injuries associated with vehicle crashes. Beginning...

TROOPER ASSISTS MOM IN RESCUING TRAPPED CHILDREN

TROOPER ASSISTS MOM IN RESCUING TRAPPED CHILDREN

Date: 05/22/2012 

Casper – A law enforcement officer rarely knows what to expect when they begin their shift. Troopers may often encounter dangerous and hazardous incidents on any given day. The events during the evening of April 25th just after 7:00 p.m. were just such an encounter for a Casper Trooper.  Trooper William Kirkman was patrolling south of Casper when he overheard a radio dispatch of an ATV crash on the Ratter Q Ranch which is located on WYO 487 approximately 23 miles south of Casper. The information broadcast was that an ATV had crashed into Bates Creek and flipped upside down pinning two children...

WHP K-9 FINDS METHAMPHETAMINE HIDDEN IN TELEVISION

WHP K-9 FINDS METHAMPHETAMINE HIDDEN IN TELEVISION

Date: 05/14/2012 

Sundance – Two subjects, one a resident of Mexico and the other a resident of San Jose, California, remain in custody after Troopers conducted a traffic stop for unsafe driving and a subsequent search of the vehicle contents resulted in the seizure of approximately 14 pounds of methamphetamine. Troopers and Special Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate this case and anticipate more arrests from out of state as they develop more leads from this criminal interdiction stop.    The U-haul truck was stopped on Sunday just before 8:00 p.m. 5 miles west of...

TROOPERS SEE INCREASE IN FELONY ARRESTS OVER WEEKEND

TROOPERS SEE INCREASE IN FELONY ARRESTS OVER WEEKEND

Date: 04/23/2012 

Cheyenne – Troopers working over the last several days have seen a spike in their felony criminal interdictions upon Wyoming’s roadways. Seven felony arrests from traffic stops have been made across the State since Saturday. Traffic stops made by Troopers often result in seizures of wanted criminals, stolen vehicles, contraband, illegal narcotics and paraphernalia and cash that is believed used in the furtherance of criminal enterprise. All of the this is done at the same time while Troopers facilitate the movement of legitimate traffic users.    Six of the recent felony arrests were made after...

TROOPERS ASSIST WITH ROADSIDE DELIVERY

TROOPERS ASSIST WITH ROADSIDE DELIVERY

Date: 03/20/2012 

Riverton – Being a Wyoming Trooper is not always about chasing violent felons, seizing huge loads of marijuana or cocaine, getting involved in high speed chases or racing after speeding violators.  On Sunday evening shortly after 10:00 p.m. two Troopers were involved in a different situation that does happen occasionally but not that often. A Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle approximately 44 miles outside of Riverton on Highway 26.    Upon contacting the male driver of the speeding vehicle the Trooper learned that the drivers 30 year-old spouse, who was in the vehicle, was...

74 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED IN UINTA COUNTY

74 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED IN UINTA COUNTY

Date: 03/19/2012 

Evanston – Troopers are continuing their criminal interdiction efforts with a recent seizure in Uinta County of just over 74 pounds of high grade marijuana. The seizure was made on Thursday afternoon approximately 13 miles east of Evanston on eastbound Interstate 80. The eastbound Chevrolet HHR rental vehicle was stopped shortly before 3:00 p.m. for a speeding violation. The driver, 41year-old Christopher Brady, consented to a search of the vehicle.    During the search the Trooper discovered two large duffle bags covered with a blanket in the rear of the vehicle. Inside the two duffle bags were...

TROOPER INJURED IN ONE-CAR ROLLOVER

TROOPER INJURED IN ONE-CAR ROLLOVER

Date: 03/05/2012 

Laramie – A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper stationed in Laramie remains hospitalized as of today with non-life threatening head, neck and hand injuries sustained when the Troopers patrol vehicle rolled early Saturday morning. The Trooper was injured and remained in the patrol vehicle during the rollover maneuver due to properly wearing the vehicles seat belt and shoulder harness.   The Trooper had to be extricated from the vehicle by Laramie Fire Department personnel and was alert when transported by ground ambulance to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.    The Ford patrol vehicle, which landed...

TROOPER INJURED WHEN PATROL VEHICLE STRUCK AT ROADSIDE

TROOPER INJURED WHEN PATROL VEHICLE STRUCK AT ROADSIDE

Date: 03/05/2012 

Laramie – For the second time within a week a Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicle has been struck while parked at the roadside. This crash occurred on Interstate 80 approximately 7 miles east of Laramie on the westbound side just shortly after 10:00 a.m. this morning. Variable speed limit signs were in operation and had been activated in the area reducing the speed limit from 75 mph to 55 mph. The electronic speed limit signs allow WYDOT to lower the speed limit in 5 mph increments to as low as 35 mph when weather or traffic conditions make it necessary for safe travel.   The speed limits that appear...

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