PINEDALE LIEUTENANT TO TAKE OVER WHP DISTRICT FOUR CAPTAIN DUTIES
Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Jason Green, the Pinedale area Division Supervisor, was promoted to the rank of District Four Captain on Monday, September 26th by Colonel Kebin Haller. District Four covers northeast Wyoming including Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, and Weston Counties. Captain Green began his career with the Patrol in January of 2000 and was initially stationed in Rawlins. As a Trooper, Captain Green was a longtime K-9 handler and continued to be a K-9 handler until he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant as the Pinedale area Division Supervisor in March of 2011. Captain...
TWO IN CUSTODY AFTER STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT NORTH OF CHEYENNE
Two Billings, Montana residents are in custody after leading a Wyoming State Trooper on an early morning chase northwest of Cheyenne on September 26th. Justin Fuller, 25 years old, and Taylor Graves, 18 years old, were both taken into custody after the vehicle chase and a brief foot pursuit ended in a pasture near Laramie County Road 216 and Wyoming State Highway 211 (Horse Creek Road). At 00:55 a.m. on September 26th, WHP Troopers were dispatched to a Chevrolet Corvette driving erratic on Interstate 25 southbound. A WHP Trooper located the vehicle just north of Cheyenne on I-25. As the Trooper...
TROOPER IN STABLE CONDITION AFTER FATAL CRASH SOUTH OF SHERIDAN
On September 22nd around 9:30 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers in the Sheridan area were responding to a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90. While responding to the call, a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper was struck head-on by a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze passenger car traveling the wrong direction. The crash occurred at mile post 38 on I 90 in the eastbound lanes at 9:32 p.m. approximately 13 miles south of Sheridan. The Trooper involved in the crash is currently in stable condition. The 23 year old male driver of the Chevy Cruze sustained...
PURSUIT ENDS AT WALCOTT JUNCTION
A 23 year old resident of Nashville, Tennessee is in custody after eluding authorities in two states for approximately two and a half hours on August 17th. Troy Douglas initially eluded law enforcement in Nebraska for approximately five miles on I-80 and US Highway 30 after a Nebraska State Trooper tried to stop Douglas for speeding in a 2013 Chrysler 300 passenger car. Once Douglas entered Wyoming on US 30 at Pine Bluffs, the Nebraska Trooper discontinued his pursuit and notified Wyoming law enforcement to be on the lookout for the vehicle. WHP Troopers in Laramie County, the Pine Bluffs...
ONE OF WHP'S FOUR LEGGED FINEST RETIRES
Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 Kato is officially retired today after seven years of service to Wyoming. K-9 Kato was originally assigned to Trooper Jason Green in 2009. After Trooper Green promoted to lieutenant in 2011, Kato was reassigned to Trooper Brandon Deckert in Pinedale until Kato's retirement. Kato has made significant contributions to public safety over his career. Kato was deployed 321 times resulting in the seizure of 277 pounds of marijuana, 5.4 pounds of methamphetamine, $182,273 dollars of US currency directly related to drug trafficking, approximately 1 pound of prescription...
WHP CAPTAIN TO RETIRE
Captain Troy McLees will retire from the Wyoming Highway Patrol effective August 12th, 2016 after 25 years of service to Wyoming. Captain McLees began his career with the WHP on August 12th, 1991 as a Patrolman in Pine Bluffs and Cheyenne. After serving in this role until January of 2001, McLees promoted to sergeant in the Safety and Training division of Patrol where he ran the safety education program. In May of 2006, McLees promoted again to lieutenant in Safety and Training where he oversaw intra-agency training, WHP recruit hiring, the WHP recruit academy and the safety education program....
2016 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Airshow Traffic Detail
Thank you to all who attended the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds show on July 27th for Cheyenne Frontier Days. Our agency investigated ZERO crashes during the traffic detail. Public patience going in and coming out of the show along with show volunteers, WYDOT and law enforcement kept everyone safe. Oh, and the show itself was amazing as always too!
Safe 2 Sturgis
The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Colorado State Patrol, the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Transportation to join forces to raise everyone's awareness of motorcycle safety and motorcycle enthusiasts traveling to the 76th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally. The campaign is titled Safe 2 Sturgis. The goal of the campaign is to keep motorcyclists safe to and from summer motorcycle rallies. The campaign will start around August 1st and end around August 21st corresponding with the...
TROOPER INJURED RESPONDING TO SHOTS FIRED CALL
A Wyoming State Trooper was injured on June 30th after being involved in a two vehicle crash while responding to a shots fired call. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. on the 30th at mile post 163.63 on US Highway 20/26 near the eastern city limits of Glenrock, Wyoming. The Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper involved in the crash is Trooper Joel Eldred. Trooper Eldred is a 12 year veteran with the Patrol and is stationed out of Glenrock. Trooper Eldred was responding emergent to the "shots fired" call in Douglas with both the emergency lights and sirens activated on his Dodge Charger patrol car....
WHP TOP TROOPER AWARDED
The annual WHP / Wyoming Highway Patrol Association Awards Banquet was help last Friday (June 24th) near Dayton to recognize members of Patrol for individual and group achievements and actions in 2015. Recognition given at the banquet consisted of awards from both the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association. WHP District Captains were asked to review and evaluate the performance of their respective employees and to nominate a Trooper to be considered for the “Trooper of the Year” award. In doing so, the Captains were asked to consider the individual’s leadership qualities,...
TANKER CRASH EAST OF WRIGHT
Several thousand gallons of crude oil leaked from two tanker trailers after a crash occurred on Wyoming State Highway 450 on June 26th. The crash occurred around 9:40 a.m. on the 26th after a commercial truck hauling a semi-trailer and a pup trailer containing crude oil rolled over. The truck was traveling east on Wyoming 450 near mile post 50 (approx. 15 miles east of Wright) when the truck traveled off the roadway into the south ditch. The driver, 39 year old Douglas, Wyoming resident Nathan Gibson, attempted to steer the truck back on the highway but was unsuccessful as the vehicle tripped...
2016 Cheyenne Superday
Worland Child Seat Checkpoint
Last Saturday (June 18), WHP Troopers partnered with the Worland Police Dept., the Washakie County Sheriff's Office, Injury Prevention and Public Health to facilitate a child restraint checkpoint in Worland. There was a great turnout despite the 109 degree heat! The checkpoint resulted in 22 child seats checked. A big thank you to all the parents who stopped by the event to make sure their kids are safe while traveling down the road!
WHP Turns 83
WHP TROOPER CLASS 91 COMMISSIONED
It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge. The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy recently commissioned (May 26th) where they took their oaths of office and transitioned from their "Recruit" badges to their official badges in front of family and friends. The ceremony marked the 91st graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy...
Mock Fatal Crash
The Wyoming Highway Patrol, along with other local law enforcement, first responders, members of the criminal justice system and school administration, hosted a mock fatal car crash at the Pinedale High School on Monday, May 16th. Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death for Wyoming teenagers, primarily due to inexperience behind the wheel, poor seat belt use and risk-taking behaviors such as speeding, texting, and other distracted driving. Alcohol use can also be a major factor in teen crashes, especially during prom and graduation seasons. The goal of the mock crash was to educate...
High Visibility Enforcement Detail
Cheyenne area Troopers conducted a High Visibility Enforcement Detail on May 13th during commuter traffic this morning with great success as no crashes occurred during the detail. Multiple tickets and warnings were issued along with one drug arrest.
2016 Peace Officer Memorial Week
As Peace Officer Memorial Week 2016 begins, we remember and honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Wyoming Highway Patrolman Pete Visser, Wyoming Highway Patrol State Trooper Chris Logsdon, the 128 officer deaths in 2015, the 35 lost to date in 2016 and all others in years past. On October 09th, 1981, Patrolman Pete Visser was investigating a crash when the parked patrol car he was seated in was struck from behind by a drunk driver in a pickup truck. Patrolman Visser suffered critical head and neck injuries from the crash. Patrolman Visser succumbed to his injuries three days later on October...
STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED AFTER I-90 PURSUIT
A Rapid City, South Dakota man is in custody after leading Wyoming law enforcement on a 70 mile long pursuit in a stolen vehicle on Interstate 90. A Wyoming State Trooper initially stopped a 2005 Jeep Cherokee around 5:30 p.m. on May 2nd for speeding at mile post 142 on I-90 westbound approximately 13 miles east of Gillette, Wyoming. The Jeep had no license plates which prompted the Trooper to check the Jeep's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The check on the VIN revealed that the Jeep had been stolen out of Rapid City, South Dakota on that same day (May 2nd). With the discovery of the...
HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER TWO STATE PURSUIT
A two state pursuit ended safely west of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming on April 27th resulting in Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers arresting a wanted homicide suspect out of South Dakota. Jared J. Stone, a 21 year old resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, initially led Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol on a pursuit westbound on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska in a 1988 Oldsmobile passenger car. As the pursuit approached Wyoming, WHP Troopers set up tire deflation stop sticks at the Wyoming / Nebraska state line on I-80 near Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. WHP Troopers successfully deployed the stop sticks...
Seat Belt Use
Of the 13 fatalities in 2016, 12 of them had a seat belt available (one fatal was a pedestrian). 10 of the 12 fatal crashes with a seat belt available were not wearing the seat belt at the time of the crash. Seven of those 10 crashes were a single vehicle rollover. According to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationwide, the seat belt usage rate is 88.5%. However, in states with no seat belt law or a secondary law (meaning you can't be pulled over for not wearing a seat belt unless another infraction is also committed) such as Wyoming, the...
2016 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
As National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 10th – 16th) draws to an end, the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) wants to show our recognition on how critical of a role our public safety dispatchers play in protecting and serving the citizens and guests of Wyoming. WHP Dispatchers not only keep Troopers safe, but also handle dispatching duties for Wyo. Game and Fish, Wyo. State Parks, Wyo. Brand Inspectors, Wyo. Outfitter's Board as well the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. WHP Dispatchers work 24 / 7, 365 days a year and are the first line to providing emergency response...
Vehicle Pursuit in Weston County
A vehicle pursuit in northeast Wyoming on April 11th has resulted in the arrest of a Bismarck, North Dakota man. The pursuit began around 3:58 p.m. on the 11th after a Wyoming State Trooper attempted to stop a northbound red 2004 Toyota passenger car for speeding 84 mph in a 70 mph zone near mile post 221 on US Highway 85 approximately 29 miles south of Newcastle, Wyoming. The Toyota failed to stop for the Trooper with speeds increasing up to 105 mph. Four miles into the pursuit near mile post 225 on US 85, the driver of the Toyota intentionally swerved off the highway causing the Toyota...
Basin Children's Health Fair
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Children's Health Fair this morning (Apr. 9th) at Riverside High School in Basin. Along with Safe Kids Wyoming, WHP Troopers were able to inspect child seats and speak with families about the importance of child seat safety and wearing seat belts.
WHP CAPTAIN CARL CLEMENTS TO RETIRE AFTER 33 YEARS WITH PATROL
WHP District 4 Commander Captain Carl Clements will officially retire today (Apr. 8th) after more than 33 years of service with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and 36 years total in law enforcement. Captain Clements began his career as a summer compliance officer with the Forest Service while in college, then as a police officer for the city of Alliance, Nebraska in 1980. After two years with the Alliance Police Department, he joined the Wyoming Highway Patrol in September of 1982. Clements transferred to Sheridan in September of 1988. He was promoted to lieutenant of Division M in Douglas in September...
Hot Springs County Heath Fair
District 5 Troopers got the privilege to spend some time at the Hot Springs County Health Fair in Thermopolis today (Mar. 18th). Our Troopers got to interact with over 200 students teaching them the dangers of impaired driving while also getting in some push ups!
WHP AND THE WYOMING OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO OFFER WORKPLACE SAFETY TRAINING
The Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security have partnered up to provide workplace safety training across Wyoming beginning in April and continuing through May. The training is focused on preparedness in the workplace environment in light of recent events in our nation. The training is available at no cost for employees and employers in Wyoming and is approximately three and a half hours long. The training will cover the following topics: A brief history of work place violence, terminology used, law enforcement response versus expectations, active shooter profile,...
WHP Dispatch Class Graduation
Congrats to our latest WHP graduates of Dispatch Basic training! These dispatchers have been in classroom training since Feb. 1, and passed their final exam today. Please join us in wishing them the best in their careers as they move onto the radio room!
WHP TROOPER CLASS 90 COMMISSIONED
It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge. The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy recently commissioned where they took their oaths of office and transitioned from their "Recruit" badges to their official badges in front of family and friends. The ceremony marked the 90th graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy Class....
EVANSTON TROOPER TO LEAD DIVISION D
Evanston area Trooper Matt Arnell was recently promoted to become the next Division "D" Lieutenant in Evanston. The promotion is effective today (March 1st). Division D is responsible for all of Uinta County and the southern portion of Lincoln County. Lieutenant Arnell is a fifteen year veteran with Patrol and has served in the Evanston area throughout his career. Lieutenant Arnell will be taking over for Lieutenant Tim Boumeester who recently transferred northeast to Sundance. In regards to the promotion, Colonel Kebin Haller stated "Though decisions such as these are difficult to make,...
292 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA INTERDICTED WEST OF LARAMIE
Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers interdicted approximately 292 lbs. of marijuana during a traffic stop on Saturday (Feb. 13th) west of Laramie, Wyoming. A resident of California and a resident of New York have been arrested and are now facing felony charges. A WHP Trooper stopped a U-Haul rental truck for speeding at 4:00 p.m. on the 13th near mile post 292 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 18 miles west of Laramie. Confusing and conflicting stories, along with an admission to marijuana in the truck, led to a WHP K-9 alerting to the presence of a controlled substance in a couch in the back...
TWO COUNTY SATURATION PATROL
Motorists traveling through Converse and Platte Counties on Interstate 25 last Monday (Feb. 8th) may have noticed an increased presence of law enforcement on I-25 and adjoining highways. Troopers from Division M, that are responsible for the two counties, as well as Troopers from adjacent divisions and Deputies from Converse and Platte County participated in a one day saturation patrol with a focus on highway traffic safety and criminal interdiction. Approximately 15 Troopers and Deputies, including six K-9 teams, participated in the saturation event. Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel Kebin...
DRIFTED OVER VEHICLES SERVE AS SAFETY REMINDER
Severe winter weather and multiple crashes resulted in a road closure in both directions on Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie on Saturday (Feb. 6th) resulting in motorists becoming stranded behind the crashes. The first crash occurred around 2:20 p.m. near mile post 340 eastbound, approximately 20 miles west of Cheyenne, when a commercial truck crashed into a WYDOT snowplow blocking all lanes. Shortly after that crash, all westbound lanes became blocked due to multiple crashes in the same vicinity (mile post 340). As law enforcement, first responders, WYDOT and tow companies attempted...
CODY TROOPER BACK TO FULL DUTY AFTER SUSTAINING INJURY FROM CRASH
Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Rodney Miears returned back to full duty today (Feb. 10th) after recovering from injuries sustained in a two vehicle crash back on June 15th, 2015. Trooper Miears was traveling east on US 14/16/20 near mile post 33 at the entrance of the Yellowstone Valley Inn west of Cody, Wyoming when at 2:11 p.m. a westbound commercial truck with trailer had slowed to turn left into the Yellowstone Valley Inn. The driver turned left and failed to yield to Trooper Miears. Trooper Miears utilized emergency braking and swerved right in an attempt to avoid the truck, but the two...
CLASS 90 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
Recruit Class 90 spent all last week receiving instruction in commercial vehicle enforcement. Last Thursday, Class 90 took part in practical exercises at the Casper Port of Entry despite harsh winter weather and having some highways closed hampering the amount of trucks entering the Port. With assistance from Casper Port of Entry Officers, Troopers from Casper and Lusk, and class instructors, Class 90 issued 10 permits totaling $528.16, fielded nine overweight reports with only two of those weighed being legal and issued four citations totaling $6,130. One citation alone was for $5,430 due to violations...
Stay Safe After The Big Game
The big game is almost here. As the kick off is this Sunday, we want to remind everyone that the best defense against impaired driving is to always designate a sober driver. Last time we checked, football appetizers are not served at our local jails on game day. So plan a good offense to get home safe this weekend and whether you are rooting for Denver or Carolina, don't fumble your way into the DUI life. Always remember to buckle up and drive safe Wyoming!
WHP WINTER STORM ACTIVITY
Another strong winter storm across Wyoming has once again kept all members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol very busy. Since noon on January 31st through 4:00 p.m. today (Feb. 3rd), Troopers have investigated 146 crashes statewide. 121 of those crashes involved property damage only,24 crashes had injury and there was one fatal crash southwest of Laramie that was non-weather related. The fatal crash is still being actively investigated. WHP Dispatchers and office administrative employees have answered in excess of 4,891 phone calls and dispatched 1408 events so far. 225 of those calls were broken...
WHP Academy Classes 90 And 91 In Full Swing
Public safety in Wyoming is about to get a boost as 20 recruits are currently in academy training for the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Classes 90 and 91 are receiving training in traffic law, custody and control, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, impaired drivers, physical training and many other topics of instructions. Class 90 will hit the road in early March and Class 91 will begin their field training in late May. To learn more about a career as a Wyoming State Trooper, visit http://www.whp.dot.state.wy.us/home/trooper--careersrecruiting.html.
Anna Erickson was given her 25 year service award by Colonel Kebin Haller on January 15, 2016. Anna is the Port of Entry Supervisor in Alpine and has been a valuable asset to District Three and the Port of Entry. In 2015, the Aline Port of Entry was selected as the top Port of Entry for the Highway Patrol for 2014. Thank you Anna for your commitment to the agency and the commercial carrier section! Congratulations and thank you your service!
PATROL CAR STRUCK EAST OF CHEYENNE, TROOPER UNINJURED
Around 3:00 p.m. on January 08th, a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper was investigating a commercial truck rollover crash and assisting other motorists who had slid into the ditch near mile post 375 on Interstate 80 approximately 11 miles east of Cheyenne, Wyoming. While the Trooper was out of the patrol car assisting a motorist stuck in the snow, a pickup truck traveling too fast for the ice covered interstate lost control and crashed into the WHP vehicle. Thankfully, no injuries were sustained during the crash. Even with six other law enforcement vehicles, WYDOT trucks and tow trucks on scene...
TRUCK FIRE CLOSES I-90 WESTBOUND
A section of Interstate 90 was temporarily closed on January 9th when a commercial trailer caught fire on the interstate. The incident took place at 2:15 p.m. on the 9th at mile post 42 approximately 12 miles north of Buffalo, Wyoming. Michael Robeson, 53 years old from Las Vegas, Nevada, was driving a 2001 Freightliner commercial truck pulling a trailer westbound on I-90 when a passing motorist motioned to him that some of the tires on the trailer had caught fire. After pulling over, Robeson and responding Troopers were able to dampen the fire with extinguishers but were unsuccessful in fully...
TROOPER SUSTAINS MINOR INJURY AFTER PATROL CAR IS STRUCK ON I-80
A Wyoming State Trooper sustained minor injury after his patrol car was struck on Interstate 80 on Christmas Day. The patrol car was struck around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 25th approximately 31 miles east of Evanston, Wyoming in snow and ice covered road conditions. Evanston area Trooper Matt Arnell, a 15 year WHP veteran, was assisting a motorist who had slid off into the median at mile post 36 on I-80 westbound when a Hyundai passenger car lost control and crashed into the rear of Trooper Arnell's patrol car. Trooper Arnell saw the out of control Hyundai coming at him and was able to prepare for...
LIEUTENANT NOONAN TO RETIRE
Lieutenant Marty Noonan will retire from the Wyoming Highway patrol effective January 4th, 2016. But his career in law enforcement is far from over. Lt. Noonan began his career in law enforcement in 1978 as a dispatcher with the Laramie County Sheriff's Office. In 1980, Lt. Noonan joined the Carbon County Sheriff's Office under then Sheriff Chuck Ogburn. Lt. Noonan left the Sheriff's Office to join the United States Marine Corps in May of 1982. During his time in the Marines, he was stationed in Yuma , Arizona. After his honorable discharge from the Marines in 1986, Lt. Noonan joined the...
DRUG INTERDICTION WEST OF LARAMIE
Nineteen pounds of marijuana was seized by Troopers after a traffic stop for speeding on December 30th west of Laramie, WY on Interstate 80. A 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan was stopped for the violation near mile post 288 on I-80 eastbound at 9:23 a.m. on the 30th. Through the course of the stop, the Trooper established reasonable suspicion that something else was going on other than the speeding violation. Due to this reasonable suspicion, WHP K-9 Frosty was put into action. After an alert by K-9 Frosty that a controlled substance was present in the Volkswagen, Troopers searched the car and located...
TROOPER VACANCIES DROP FROM 35 TO 14 IN LESS THAN ONE MONTH
Wyoming residents should expect an increase in WHP patrol cars on the highways within the next couple of months. After sustaining a high rate of Trooper vacancies for over a two year period, the vacancies are dwindling. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is currently running two academies at once after a very successful applicant testing that was held back in September of 2015. The first class, consisting of nine pre-certified officers from across the country, started on November 30th. The second class of 11, all civilian hires, began their careers with Patrol on Monday (Dec. 28th). One of the vacancies...
#DoNotGetHashtaggedByWHP Join us this New Year's weekend as we post up-to-date impaired driving arrests and traffic safety vehicle stops on our social media over the holiday using #DoNotGetHashtaggedByWHP . We want to reduce impaired driving and crashes involving impaired and unsafe drivers as we enter this new year. So don't get hashtagged by the Wyoming Highway Patrol this holiday weekend! If you suspect someone is an impaired driver, call our Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately (REDDI) program at 1-800-442-9090 or you can also dial 911. Please celebrate responsibly and drive safe Wyoming...
On November 14th of this year, the Wyoming Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash north of Chugwater, Wyoming that took the life of Guernsey, Wyoming resident Jason Harmon. Mr. Harmon left behind an expecting wife and three children. Last Saturday (Dec. 12th), Troopers from the Douglas, Wheatland and Guernsey area visited the Harmon family and delivered an early Christmas surprise through a monetary gift from the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association. The Troopers were able to present Tally Harmon and her family with the gift and K-9 Baxter got to spend some quality time with the kids.
SATURDAY EVENING REDDI REPORTS KEEP TROOPERS BUSY
Two separate Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately (REDDI) reports near Cheyenne in the early evening hours of December 05th resulted in one vehicle pursuit and one manhunt. The first REDDI was dispatched to Cheyenne Troopers at 4:33 p.m. on the 5th. The first report involved a 1999 Toyota Corolla traveling north on Interstate 25 near mile post 23 approximately ten miles north of Cheyenne. Near mile post 30 on I-25, the Corolla drove through the median and turned around back southbound towards Cheyenne. A WHP Trooper located the Toyota at mile...
MORE THAN TURKEY AND STUFFING TRAVELING ACROSS WYOMING OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
A cornucopia of controlled substances were seized over the Thanksgiving holiday by Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers on Interstate 80. 233 pounds of marijuana was interdicted in four separate traffic stops on I-80 from November 23rd through November 29th. The first stop was on November 23rd and resulted in one arrest and 72 pounds of marijuana seized. The stop occurred at 4:40 p.m. on Interstate 80 eastbound near mile post 107 just east of the Rock Springs, Wyoming city limits. With the assistance of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Christopher P. McGinley, a 31 year old resident...
TROOPER'S CRASH INVESTIGATION LEADS TO DRUG INTERDICTION NORTH OF SUNDANCE
A Vermont man is in custody after crashing his vehicle north of Sundance on November 28th while transporting 40 pounds of marijuana. The crash occurred around 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28th on US Highway 212 near mile post 17 just south of the Montana border in Wyoming. Conor P. McNamara, a 27 year old resident of Brattleboro, Vermont left the highway and crashed the 1997 Toyota 4Runner he was driving. McNamara was wearing his seat belt and sustained only minor injury from the crash. During the course of the crash investigation, a Wyoming State Trooper discovered McNamara had removed multiple bags from...
TRAFFIC STOP WEST OF CHEYENNE LEADS TO 130 POUND MARIJUANA INTERDICTION
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...
WINTER WEATHER DRIVING SAFETY
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...
PURSUIT SOUTH OF BUFFALO LEADS TO SHERIDAN MAN'S ARREST
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...
US CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE MAKES IT WAY THROUGH NORTHERN WYOMING
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...
THREE COUNTY LONG PURSUIT ON I-80 ENDS WITH KENTUCKY MAN'S ARREST
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...
WHP TROOPER CLASS 89 COMMISSIONED
It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge. The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy commissioned yesterday (Nov. 5th) where they took their oaths of office and transitioned from their "Recruit" badges to their official badges in front of family and friends. The ceremony at the Wyoming Supreme Court building marked...
$138,000 IN CASH SEIZED EAST OF ROCK SPRINGS
A WHP traffic stop on Halloween near Rock Springs, Wyoming has netted over $138,000 in seized cash. The stop occurred on October 31st around 10:00 a.m. on Interstate 80 near mile post 107 westbound just east of Rock Springs. A 2015 Chevy Malibu was stopped for speeding 80 mph in a 75 mph zone. Confusing and conflicting stories from the occupants of the Malibu led to a WHP K-9 deployment around the car. After the K-9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the Chevy, a search revealed two large boxes containing the large quantity of cash as well as a small amount of methamphetamine....
HALLOWEEN PURSUIT ENDS SAFELY ON I-80
A Layton, Utah resident failed to have enough "tricks" on Halloween to avoid arrest by WHP Troopers during a pursuit in a stolen SUV. Thomas W. Wixom, 38 years old, was arrested on October 31st after a safe conclusion of the pursuit. Around 3:30 p.m., WHP Troopers were advised of a stolen 2009 Jeep Liberty that was traveling east on Interstate 80 near mile post eight just east of Evanston, Wyoming. Troopers located the vehicle near mile post 26 and attempted to stop it five miles further down the highway. Wixom did not stop and accelerated up to 110 mph. As Wixom continued to flee eastbound...
HALLOWEEN SAFETY MESSAGE FROM WHP K-9 BASIL
Trick or Treat! Halloween is tomorrow and WHP K-9 Basil wants to share some safety tips with you. Top safety tips for pedestrians: Costumes can be both creative and safe. The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. Carry glow sticks or flashlights so you can see better, as well as be seen by drivers. Cross the street safely at corners. Use traffic signals and crosswalks. Look...
STOLEN TRUCK RECOVERED DURING TRAFFIC STOP NORTH OF NEWCASTLE
A traffic stop on October 26th north of Newcastle, Wyoming has resulted in the recovery of a stolen truck taken from Arkansas. A Wyoming State Trooper stopped the 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck for speeding 76 mph in a posted 65 mph zone near mile post 246 on US Highway 85 approximately 16 miles north of Newcastle around 2:00 p.m. on the 26th. While speaking with the driver of the Ford, the Trooper became suspicious through lack of identification and documentation as well as an extremely confusing conversation, that more illegal activity was occurring on the stop other than just speeding. After checking...
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
WHP and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office are educating students this week about school bus safety in Northern Lincoln County. All schools in Star Valley are being visited and around 1500 kids got to check out some patrol vehicles while the importance of staying safe on and around the bus were emphasized. As a reminder, Wyoming law requires motorists to stop in both directions when school buses have their flashing red lights activated. Let's keep our kids safe Wyoming!
Fallen WHP K-9 Remembered
Today (Oct. 19th) we remember one of our fallen K-9 Officers. WHP K-9 "Robbie" was struck and killed on Interstate 80 on October 19th, 2014 around 6:00 p.m. Robbie was struck by a passing commercial truck while deployed during an interdiction stop east of Elk Mountain, Wyoming. Our thoughts are with Trooper Chatfield, Robbie's handler, and his family on the one year anniversary of Robbie's end of watch. Thank you for your service and sacrifice K-9 Robbie.
TRUCK FIRE CRASH CLOSES INTERSTATE 25 AT CHEYENNE
A crash on October 17th involving two vehicles at mile post 12 on Interstate 25 resulted in a truck fire and interstate closure. The crash occurred around 8:00 a.m. on I-25 in Cheyenne near Lake Absarraca. A southbound 2013 Freightliner commercial truck with trailer, driven by 33 year old Olim Sultonov of Hollywood, Florida, initially left the interstate to the west, struck a sign and light pole in the west ditch before being overcorrected back onto the southbound lanes. The overcorrection sent the commercial vehicle into the concrete jersey barrier in the median. Debris from the crash with the...
STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED AFTER PURSUIT ENDS SAFELY EAST OF LARAMIE
Two Colorado residents are in custody this morning (Oct. 16th) after leading law enforcement in two states on separate pursuits in a stolen BMW. At 7:50 a.m., the Wyoming Highway Patrol was notified by the Larimer County Colorado Sheriff's Office to be on the lookout for a stolen blue 2013 BMW 328i. Larimer County reported that the car had been stolen out of the Denver area and that their agency had been in a pursuit with the vehicle earlier that was eventually terminated. Through the use of technology, teamwork and communication, the BMW was located by WHP Troopers approximately seven miles...
57 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA DISCOVERED DURING TRAFFIC STOP FOR SPEEDING
A traffic stop for speeding on October 15th west of Cheyenne has resulted in the arrest of two California men who were traveling with more than 50 pounds of marijuana. A Wyoming State Trooper stopped a blue 2015 Hyundai Accent at 10:15 a.m. at mile post 351 on Interstate 80 approximately nine miles west of Cheyenne. The Hyundai was traveling 85 in 75 mph zone. While speaking with the two occupants of the Hyundai, the Trooper could smell the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The Trooper's partner, WHP K-9 "Hunter", also smelled the marijuana prompting a search of the car....
SHERIDAN LIEUTENANT RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH PATROL
WHP Lieutenant Casey Goodman was commissioned as a Patrolman on September, 01st 1985 and was initially assigned to Big Piney as his first duty station. In 1986 he was transferred to Sheridan as a motor carrier officer and served in that capacity until he took a division patrolman position in Division C in 1991. Goodman was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and took over Division G supervisory duties in Worland in March of 1998. In December of 1999, all Division Sergeants were moved to Lieutenants. Lt. Goodman transferred back to Sheridan after 3 years to take over Division C and has remained there...
Trooper Logsdon Remembered
On October 13th, 1998, Trooper Chris Logsdon was responding to an impaired driver report on Interstate 25 near Wheatland, Wyoming. As Trooper Logsdon crested a hill, the suspect driver was traveling the wrong direction on I-25 headed right at Trooper Logsdon. Trooper Logsdon swerved to avoid a crash with the oncoming vehicle causing his patrol vehicle to roll multiple times. Trooper Logsdon sustained life-ending injuries during the crash. The suspect driver was apprehended a short time later not as an impaired driver, but was identified as a confused elderly man. Trooper Logsdon’s ultimate sacrifice...
Patrolman Pete Visser Remembered
On October 09th, 1981, Patrolman Pete Visser was investigating a crash when the parked patrol car he was seated in was struck from behind by a drunk driver in a pickup truck. Patrolman Visser suffered critical head and neck injuries from the crash. Patrolman Visser succumbed to his injuries three days later on October 12th. Patrolman Visser was the first patrolman of the Wyoming Highway Patrol to die in the line of duty since the agency was formed in 1933. Patrolman Visser’s ultimate sacrifice is never forgotten as we remember him today. Patrolman Visser and Trooper Chris Logsdon are remembered...
COLE CREEK FIRE
On October 11th, just before 2:00 p.m., WHP Troopers responded to assist the Natrona County Sheriff's Office with a massive fire that began in Casper spreading through Evansville and into parts of Converse County. Troopers responded to assist Deputies in evacuating hundreds of residents. Wyoming State Troopers responded from Casper, Buffalo, Kaycee, Douglas, Wheatland, Guernsey and Lusk to assist. Troopers remain on scene assisting the Sheriff's Office and fire crews. Wyoming State Highway 256 east of Casper is expected to remain closed throughout the day and no one will be allowed access to...
SEAT BELT SURVIVOR SHARES HIS MESSAGE
A crash on June 08th, 2015 forever changed the life of Powell, Wyoming resident Joel Johnson and his family. He was driving to work that morning on Wyoming State Highway 295 when a distracted driver drove through a stop sign at a high rate of speed striking Johnson's work pickup. Mr. Johnson sustained life threatening injuries and was in a coma for eight days after the crash. After months of recovery and rehabilitation, Joel is here today and credits is seat belt for saving his life that morning. On October 7th, Joel and his family had the opportunity to share their story and the importance of...
Intrastate Success In Wyominig For National Safety Campaign
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is reporting intrastate success from the I-80 / I-35 safety initiative that took place August 28th through the 30th. Zero fatal crashes were investigated in Wyoming during the campaign on Interstate 80. WHP Troopers stayed busy on I-80 over the weekend issuing 195 speeding citations, 112 traffic citations, 22 seat belt tickets and 169 warnings. Seven drug arrests and two impaired driving arrests were also made during the event. Troopers conducted commercial truck inspections and oversize vehicle escorts as well. Interstate 80 did...
OVERSIZE LOAD STRIKES I-90 BRIDGE IN GILLETTE
The Interstate 90 bridge that traverses over Wyoming Highway 59 in Gillette, Wyoming has sustained major damage after being struck by an oversize load this morning. The bridge near mile post 126 on I-90 was struck from underneath as the oversize load was going under the bridge on WY-59 northbound at 10:10 a.m. this morning (Sept. 2nd). Tony Hayworth, 43 years old from Gillette, was operating the self permitted oversize load and transporting a John Deere excavator track hoe. The boom of the excavator had not been properly loaded and secured. The extended boom exceeded the...
HALLER NAMED TO HEAD WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL
Kebin W. Haller, deputy director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), is set to become the next colonel and administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, effective Sept. 21. Haller’s appointment was announced Aug. 21 by WYDOT Director John Cox. Haller, 48, brings a total of 24 years of policing experience to his new job. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Rawlins and has been with DCI in Cheyenne since 1997. “Haller’s appointment was preceded by a rigorous applicant screening and interview process,” said Cox. “Among...
SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER WITH UNRESTRAINED OCCUPANTS LEADS TO ONE FATALITY, SIX INJURED NORTH OF LANDER
SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER WITH UNRESTRAINED OCCUPANTS LEADS TO ONE FATALITY, SIX INJURED NORTH OF LANDER
A single vehicle crash on August 29th has the resulted in the death of 26 year old Sonny J. Duran of Ft Washakie, Wyoming. The crash occurred on Wyoming State Highway 132 near mile post 12 at 7:24 p.m. approximately 21 miles north of Lander, Wyoming. Duran was driving a 2003 Nissan sedan northbound on WY 132 when the car drifted off the right shoulder. The Nissan was overcorrected and eventually entered the southbound ditch where the vehicle tripped and rolled. Duran was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected during the crash. He sustained fatal injuries on scene. Six passengers in the car,...
WHP DISPATCHER AWARDED 2015 WPOA DISPATCHER OF THE YEAR
Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatcher Tracey Schlimm has been serving the public and answering calls for service with Patrol for almost 17 years. At this week's Wyoming Peace Officers Association (WPOA) Awards Banquet, she was recognized as WPOA's 2015 Dispatcher of the Year. Dispatcher Schlimm started with the Wyoming Highway Patrol on November 2, 1998 and is currently a senior Communications Training Officer in WHP Dispatch. In a letter of nomination for the award from Dispatcher Schlimm's supervisor, Cara Moore, it was made very clear why Schlimm was such a strong candidate. "Tracey thoroughly...
I-80 / I-35 BORDER TO BORDER TRAFFIC SAFETY INITIATIVE
In an effort to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes on our Nation’s interstate system, the Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in a multi-state traffic safety initiative that will be in effect August 28th through August 30th on Interstates 80 and 35. The I-80 / I-35 initiative will place a strong law enforcement presence on Interstate 80 and Interstate 35. Interstate 80 transverses eleven states including Wyoming), starting in California and ending in New Jersey. Interstate 35 transverses six states, beginning in Minnesota and ending in Texas. Both interstate systems serve as major...
WHP IN COMPETITION FOR BEST LOOKING STATE PATROL CAR
In some states they are called cruisers, others refer to them as squads. In the Cowboy State they are referred to as a patrol car. A state's Highway Patrol, State Police or Department of Public Safety not only protects and serves everyone in their state, but also serve as representatives and ambassadors for their state on a daily basis. These agencies are most commonly associated with the unique design schemes of their patrol cars. The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) is conducting their "Best Looking Cruiser" contest and the Wyoming Highway Patrol is looking to win the friendly...
PINEDALE AREA TROOPER PROMOTED TO LEAD DIVISION IN JACKSON / STAR VALLEY
Pinedale area Trooper Matthew Brackin was promoted today to the rank of lieutenant as the Division K Supervisor that covers Teton County and Northern Lincoln County in Northwest Wyoming. Interim WHP Administrator Lieutenant Colonel Shannon Ratliff made the promotion official this morning congratulating Lt. Brackin as he takes the helm in Jackson on September 1st. Lt. Brackin has served with Patrol since April of 2002 with Duty Stations in Wamsutter, Rock Springs and Pinedale. Lt. Brackin is replacing Lt. Tom Kelly who retired at the end of June of this year.
PROPER PLANNING PROVES SUCCESSFUL FOR STURGIS TRAFFIC SAFETY IN WYOMING
Troopers working Sturgis overflow traffic into Wyoming are crediting pre-planned efforts by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) in keeping traffic safe during the 2015 rally. Lt. Jason Green, WHP Special Services Squad Co-Commander, stated "We had more traffic going into Hulett (WY) on Wednesday (Aug. 5th) then I have seen in 15 years working the rally". Lt. Green credited WYDOT for placing temporary traffic signals at three key intersections in Crook County as well as establishing a traffic queue into Hulett's "Ham & Jam" festivities on Wednesday....
MAN WANTED FOR 26 YEARS CAPTURED BY WHP TROOPER FOR HEADLIGHT VIOLATION
A wanted man has been taken into custody by a Wyoming State Trooper after 26 years of avoiding arrest. Kirk T. Bush, a 46 year old resident of Denver, Colorado, was stopped by the trooper on August 09th on Interstate 25 southbound at mile post 107 approximately 30 miles north of Wheatland, Wyoming for a motorcycle headlight violation. Bush was taken into custody after the trooper failed to accept Bush's alias of Troy T. Stone and furthered the investigation. Once Bush's true identity was discovered by the trooper, an active U.S. Marshals warrant for Bush was discovered for drug offenses out of...
NORTHEAST WYOMING VEHICLE PURSUIT ENDS SUCCESSFULLY
WHP Troopers conducting additional enforcement in Northeast Wyoming this weekend in preparation for the 75th Sturgis motorcycle rally arrested two Colorado residents on Sunday, August 2nd, after a 30 mile long pursuit. Weston L. Hall, a 40 year old resident of Greeley, Colorado and Connie L. Herrera, 47 years old from Denver, Colorado were both taken into custody after leading troopers on a 30 mile pursuit eastbound on Interstate 90. The pursuit began at 11:50 a.m. after a trooper attempted to stop the 1996 Cadillac sedan Hall was driving for speeding 90 mph in a 80 mph zone...
WHP PREPARING FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY
The 75th anniversary of the Sturgis, South Dakota motorcycle rally is approaching and scheduled August 3rd through August 9th, 2015. The 75th anniversary has the potential of reaching over one million enthusiasts. Sturgis traffic will be traveling through Wyoming to and from the event and the Northeast corner of the Cowboy State will experience a heavy influx of motorcyclists during the week of the event. With that said, motorists are encouraged to drive and ride safely, respect each other and keep each other safe. If you are planning to travel to Northeast Wyoming, particularly...
WHP Class 88 Commissioned
It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be committed, want to help people and protect the citizens of the state. Patrol's newest troopers are up to the challenge, having completed their training and recently being sworn in as the newest members of Patrol. Our newest troopers recently commissioned where they took their oaths and received their badges in front of family and friends. The ceremony marked the 88th graduated academy class. The new troopers recently completed an intensive training period up to 28 weeks. During the trooper basic academy, they took a variety...
FAILING TO TAKE CARE OF TRAFFIC TICKETS LEADS TO FELONY DRUG ARREST
A Butte, Montana man's failure to take care of traffic tickets in Wyoming has led to his arrest for a felony drug charge. Zachary W. Carter, 26 years old, was travelling east on Interstate 90 north of Sheridan when he was stopped by a Wyoming State Trooper for speeding 84 mph in a 75 mph zone on a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The stop occurred near mile post 14 on I 90 at 2:18 p.m. approximately six miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming. A drivers license check on Carter revealed two warrants for his arrest out of Campbell County Wyoming for traffic violations. Upon his arrest for the warrants,...
TROOPER SHINOST WINS BATTLE WITH CANCER, BACK TO FULL DUTY
Trooper Mark Shinost, stationed in Torrington, returned to full duty status yesterday after an eight and a half month battle with esophagus cancer. Trooper Shinost, who is approaching his 26th year of service with Patrol, was diagnosed with the cancer back in late 2014 and has been fighting ever since. The "Mustaches for Mark" campaign started on December 4th, 2014 in support of Trooper Shinost and his family. The campaign, started by Trp. Shinost's fellow troopers, encouraged supporters to grow out their mustaches as Trp. Shinost has sported a mustache for as long as most can remember. Those who...
Don't Compete, Give Them Three Feet
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding everyone of a new law that took effect on July 1st. The new three foot safety zone when passing bicyclists became enforceable yesterday and states "The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle, which is operating lawfully, proceeding in the same direction shall, when space allows, maintain at least a three (3) foot separation between the right side of the driver's motor vehicle, including all mirrors and other projections from the motor vehicle, and the bicycle." This new statute is safety oriented and is designed to help reduce bicycle...
WHP ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
Annie Jetkoski received her 40 year service award last week from Captain Jim Thomas. She began her career on May 5, 1975. Annie has been in Rock Springs for her entire career. She began working for the Highway Department as a Clerk Typist 3 working as a receptionist. After three years, she transferred over to Construction as a Technician for crew "307" and remained there for 20 years. In 1998, Annie came to work for the Highway Patrol. Annie has been an Administrative Assistant for the last 17 years and has contributed significantly to the success of the Highway Patrol in District Three! ...
FELONY AMOUNT OF MULTIPLE VARIATIONS OF MARIJUANA DISCOVERED NORTH OF FARSON
A traffic stop for speeding on June 15th has led to the arrest of two Indiana residents for possessing multiple forms of marijuana. The stop occurred around 7:00 p.m. at mile post 50 on Wyoming State Highway 191 approximately 10 miles north of Farson, Wyoming. A maroon Lincoln passenger car was stopped for speeding 79 mph in a posted 65 mph zone. While talking with the occupants of the Lincoln, the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A cache of varying forms of marijuana and THC were located inside of the car including edibles, patches, liquids, lotions, sprays and gel...
TROOPER INJURED WEST OF CODY
A Wyoming State Trooper was injured on June 15th in a two vehicle crash on US Highway 14/16/20. The crash occurred near mile post 33 at the entrance of the Yellowstone Valley Inn west of Cody, Wyoming at 2:11 p.m. The trooper was traveling east on US 14/16/20. A westbound commercial truck with trailer had slowed to turn left into the Yellowstone Valley Inn. The driver turned left and failed to yield to the eastbound trooper. The trooper utilized emergency braking and swerved right in an attempt to avoid the truck. A head on collision was avoided, but the two vehicles still collided. The collision...
TROOPER LOCATES DRUGS, ARRESTS TWO WHILE MANNING ROAD CLOSURE
While manning a road closure due to flooding last night on US Highway 85, a Wyoming State Trooper ended up locating a felony amount of drugs with two juveniles being arrested. US 85 was closed from Cheyenne due to flash flooding at mile post 33 around 9:00 p.m. on the 14th. While manning the road closure gate, a WHP Trooper went to advise a passenger car at the gate of the closure. As the trooper approached the Oldsmobile Intrigue, it accelerated around the gate. The trooper stopped the vehicle shortly thereafter and developed reasonable suspicion to request a K-9....
FLOODING IN NIOBRARA COUNTY HAS MULTIPLE ROADS CLOSED
Substantial rains early this morning have caused significant flooding throughout Niobrara County in east central Wyoming along the Niobrara River and Old Woman Creek. Multiple highways are closed at this time due to water over roadways and bridges as well as damage to bridges. US 18/20 between Interstate 25 and Lusk is closed. US 18/85 is closed between Lingle and Mule Creek Junction. US 20 is closed between Lusk and the Nebraska State Line. WY 270 is closed between Manville and US 18/85 is closed. Motorists are being asked to avoid travel through Niobrara County at this time...
ONE OF WHP'S FOUR LEGGED FINEST RETIRES
WHP K-9 Lou officially retired today after six years of service with Patrol. Trooper Josh Hardee and K-9 Lou were paired up six years ago through Federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) funding and stationed out of Casper. Health concerns with Lou's joints and hips forced his retirement. K-9 Lou loved doing educational school deployments so he could be petted by the little kids, make them laugh and lick their faces. K-9 Lou was also continuously deployed by several agencies outside of Patrol including the city of Casper and numerous agencies in Natrona and Converse Counties....
LAST DAY IN OFFICE FOR WHP COLONEL JOHN BUTLER
Today is the last day in office for Col. John Butler, administrator and commanding officer of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Col. Butler has served the State of Wyoming as a member of the Patrol for nearly 30 years. In a farewell letter to Patrol personnel, Col. Butler said, "It may be a cliché, but what I will miss the most is the people who work here and those contacts you make along the way. It is comforting to know that the citizens of Wyoming have you to continue to serve and watch over them!" Col. Butler began his WHP career in September 1985 as a recruit. His 12-member...
TANKER HAULING DIESEL BREACHES FROM ROLLOVER CRASH
A rollover crash on May 28th involving a commercial truck and trailer resulted in over 4000 gallons of diesel leaking from the tanker. The crash occurred at mile post 55 on US Highway 89 at 6:19 a.m. approximately 30 miles south of Afton, Wyoming. Joshua Burrup, a 36 year old resident of Chubbuck, Idaho, was driving the 2015 Kenworth hauling diesel fuel at the time of the crash for Hansen Oil Company out of Soda Springs, Idaho. Mr. Burrup sustained minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital. Mr. Burrup was cited for failing to maintain a single lane of travel. Contributing factors in...
US 20 Mudslides
US 20-26-WY 789 is closed through Wind River Canyon about midway between Shoshoni and Thermopolis due to a series of mudslides at 10 locations. WYDOT has heavy equipment working to clear the mud from the highway, and a contractor is being hired to assist in the effort. The largest of the slides covers about 350 yards of the highway, with mud depths ranging from 3 to 8 feet. WYDOT geologists will assess the slides to assist in making the decision when it is safe to reopen the highway.
2015 National Peace Officer Memorial Week
This week (May 10th - 16th) is National Peace Officer Memorial Week and is dedicated to honoring the courage and saluting the sacrifice to the 117 police officers lost in 2014 and all others in years past. On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. We remember and honor our lost Wyoming Highway Patrol Patrolmen and Troopers William Barnett - 1965 Pete Visser - 1981 Chris Logsdon - 1998 "The wicked...
OVER 31 YEARS OF SERVICE HEADED TO RETIREMENT
Lieutenant Tom Adams is the Division I Supervisor in Lander and will officially be retired today after over 31 years of service to the citizens of Wyoming. Lieutenant Adams began his career with the Patrol on May 5th, 1984 and was initially stationed in Farson. Lieutenant Adams promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on June 1st, 2007 to the area supervisor of Division P, Elk Mountain. Lieutenant Adams transferred to the Lander division that covers the Fremont County area in June of 2011. Lieutenant Adams has forever been a strong advocate for the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Highway Patrol...
WHP HELPS EDUCATE THE FUTURE
WHP was in Farson on Monday educating students about DUI, texting and driving awareness. The event was held at the Farson/Eden School. Impaired and distracted driving simulators along with Fatal Vision goggles were used to help educate the students to the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. Around 100 kids participated in the event. Trooper Deckert and K-9 Kato also gave the elementary kids a presentation on what Kato does best.
WYOMING SPECIAL OLYMPICS TORCH RUN
On April 25th, Troopers Brackin, Deckert and K-9 Kato teamed up for the Wyoming Special Olympics torch run to the Pinedale Aquatic Center for the Western Wyoming Special Olympics Swim Meet. The troopers met up with athletes Maddox, Kelby, and Angel who escorted the torch to the opening ceremonies.
Lieutenant Phil Farman had stopped to help the Harlem Ambassadors with a flat tire on April 24th north of Wheatland, Wyoming on Interstate 25. Lt. Farman got the following recognition from the Ambassadors on their Facebook page: "We say thank you to Hwy Patrolman of 26+ years for helping Harlem Ambassadors out in their time of need on the way to Cheyenne. There's still good people everywhere!" Mission accomplished! Since 1998, the Harlem Ambassadors, Inc. has partnered with hundreds of non-profit organizations in 49 states and 19 countries. The mission of the Harlem Ambassadors is to deliver a...
TEXAS FUGITIVE ARRESTED BY WHP ON A NEARLY 28 YEAR OLD WARRANT
After evading arrest for nearly 28 years, 58 year old Benigno L. Galeno-Negreros is in custody after being involved in a crash southwest of Casper, Wyoming. On April 16th, around 5:00 a.m., the Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate a crash on WY 220 approximately 46 miles southwest of Casper. With the assistance of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office, the investigating trooper was able to locate varying forms of identification for the driver who had already been transported to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Through the course of the trooper's investigation, the driver was identified...
SECOND MAJOR VEHICLE PILEUP CLOSES INTERSTATE 80
For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 was closed due to a major vehicle pileup approximately 18 miles west of Laramie at mile post 292. Dense fog and light slush conditions are being cited as contributing factors in this crash. Initial reports are that two commercial vehicles crashed with each other at approximately 8:00 a.m. today causing one of the trucks to jackknife in both lanes of I 80 westbound. After the jackknife, the chain reaction of crashes began as multiple westbound vehicles crashed into the jackknifed truck and each other. Two fatalities have been confirmed from...
THREE MAJOR PILEUPS NEAR SAME LOCATION CLOSE INTERSTATE 80 BETWEEN CHEYENNE AND LARAMIE
Three major vehicle pileups near mile post 342 on Interstate 80 on both the east and westbound sides currently have I 80 closed between Cheyenne and Laramie. Blizzard conditions were present at the time of the crashes that involved approximately 33 commercial vehicles and 12 passengers vehicles between the three pileups. The initial event began around 11:22 a.m. 16 motorists were transported by ambulance and 11 motorists were transported by a Laramie County School District bus to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Six of those injured were critical to serious leg or spine injuries....
PATROL ADMINISTRATOR ANNOUNCES PENDING RETIREMENT
Col. John Butler, administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol since 2012, has announced he will retire effective June 1. “This was a very difficult decision for me and my family after spending 29 3/4 years of my life serving the citizens of this state,” Butler said in an email to Patrol personnel. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be a member of this great organization and to work with each of you in some manner.” Butler, who spent much of Thursday assisting troopers at the scene of the chain reaction crash that closed I-80 west of Cheyenne, said he is extremely proud of the efforts of Patrol...
Jackalope Jump For Wyoming Special Olympics
Trooper Davis, along with Officer Koritnik (Lander PD) and Officer Brimhall (Lovell PD), took the plunge at the Jackalope Jump to raise money for the Wyoming Special Olympics last Friday in Lovell. To learn more about the Jackalope Jump and Wyoming Special Olympics, visit www.sowy.org.
92 MILE LONG PURSUIT ENDS SUCCESSFULLY NORTH OF BUFFALO
On March 18th, at approximately 10:25 p.m., a Wyoming State Trooper was patrolling southbound on Interstate 25 near mile post 212 approximately 22 miles north of Casper when the trooper observed a passenger car speeding 102 mph in a 80 mph zone. The trooper caught up to the speeding car, a Chevrolet Malibu, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the Malibu, later identified as 40 year old Marquise Harris of Thornton, Colorado, did not stop for the trooper and accelerated the vehicle's speed 30 miles into the pursuit, a Johnson County Deputy and Kaycee Police Officer joined the...
CLASS 87 COMMISSIONED
Four new Wyoming State Troopers were sworn in by Chief Justice E. James Burke and commissioned on March 19th at the Wyoming Supreme Court in Cheyenne. These troopers have successfully completed up to 28 weeks of academy training including areas of instruction in traffic law, firearms, impaired driving, crash investigation, custody and control, commercial carrier, child passenger safety, radar/LIDAR use, emergency vehicle operation, active shooter and many others. These troopers will now move onto the field training program out on the highways before they begin patrolling on their own. Along...
75 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA DISCOVERED DURING TRAFFIC STOP EAST OF EVANSTON
A traffic stop on March 17th around 7:55 p.m. near mile post 38 on Interstate 80 eastbound resulted in the discovery of over 75 pounds of marijuana. A Wyoming State Trooper was traveling east on I-80 when he observed an eastbound passenger car approaching the marked patrol vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed. The trooper stopped the white Ford Fusion for speeding 87 mph in a 75 mph zone three miles further down the road. During the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious that some other criminal activity was present other than the speeding violation. A Wyoming Highway Patrol drug...
25 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED EAST OF EVANSTON
A traffic stop for speeding on March 9th resulted in the seizure of approximately 25 pounds of marijuana. The traffic stop occurred at 9:42 a.m. at mile post 22 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 16 miles east of Evanston, Wyoming. A Wyoming State Trooper observed a Nissan Altima travelling east at 87 mph in a posted 75 mph zone. Upon stopping the Nissan, the trooper became suspicious the occupants in the Nissan were involved in some type of criminal activity, specifically drug trafficking after smelling the overwhelming odor of raw marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. After...
"CSI Wyoming" took over headquarters last week as WHP Crash Team members received updated training on the proper collection, documentation and packaging of evidence. The training finished with two mock crime scenes where the team members had to process the scenes for biological (DNA and blood) evidence, trace evidence, fingerprints, tire print impressions and casting of impressions in dirt. Special thanks to Detective Donnie Heiduck and to the Laramie County Sheriff's Department for the training.
CASH SEIZED FROM TRAFFIC STOP
TRAFFIC STOP EAST OF CHEYENNE NETS APPROX. 6 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA
A recent traffic stop east of Cheyenne netted approximately six pounds of marijuana and two individuals into custody. After conducting a traffic stop, a Wyoming State Trooper smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle stopped. A subsequent search of the vehicle discovered two cardboard boxes containing the marijuana. The two individuals arrested have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
DWYER JUNCTION MOBILE EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT DETAIL PROVES SUCCESSFUL
Last week, Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers set up a mobile education and enforcement commercial vehicle inspection at the intersection of Interstate 25 (Exit #92) and US Highway 26 in Platte County. Dwyer Junction was identified by local troopers as a key location for the detail due to the large amount of commercial vehicle traffic into the Guernsey and Fort Laramie areas in Platte County on US 26 and the Interstate 25 traffic headed to the Converse County area. The spot was also chosen as the rest area provided a large and safe location to conduct the inspections. Eight troopers from three divisions...
41 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED DURING TWO VEHICLE CRASH INVESTIGATION NORTH OF WHEATLAND
A two vehicle crash on February 04th north of Wheatland turned from a crash investigation into a felony drug arrest. Around 8:53 a.m., Wyoming State Troopers were dispatched approximately 12 miles north of Wheatland to a two vehicle crash at mile post 92 on Interstate 25 northbound. It was discovered that 57 year old Kraig Kahrs of Apple Valley, Minnesota had lost control of his vehicle on the snow and ice covered road and crashed into the rear-end of a full size pickup truck. During the course of the crash investigation, troopers followed foot tracks in the snow and discovered multiple large...
THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE NEVER LIES!
PATROL ACADEMY COORDINATOR APPOINTED
Last Friday, Colonel John Butler appointed Trooper Randy Starkey, a seven year Patrol veteran stationed in Lusk, as the new Academy Coordinator Sergeant for the Patrol. Sergeant Starkey takes over the position for recently promoted Lieutenant Chris Schell who now supervises the Casper area road division. Sergeant Starkey will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating and supervising the Patrol's recruit training program at the Wyoming Highway Patrol Basic Academy and serve as the agency liaison with the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. This position is key as Sergeant Starkey will be the...
WHP RECRUITS PUT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE TRAINING TO USE
On January 15th, recruits with the Wyoming Highway Patrol put their classroom training to use during a size and weight detail at the Casper Port-of-Entry. Troopers and staff assigned to the Commercial Vehicle section were on hand to educate and support the training of the recruits currently in the W.H.P. Academy. The training is used to ensure compliance with the size and weight statutes and regulations. 22 of 160 trucks that came through the port during the six hour detail were inspected. Five of the trucks inspected were found to be overweight. One of the five trucks was 13,000 plus pounds...
LIEUTENANT NATE HUGHES RETIRES AFTER 24 YEARS WITH THE WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL
December 31st marked Lieutenant Nate Hughes' last day with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Lieutenant Hughes joined the Patrol on September 04th, 1990 and was initially stationed in Wamsutter as a Patrolman. In 1996, Patrolman Hughes transferred from Wamsutter to Jackson. In April of 2000, Trooper Hughes became the Motor Carrier Officer in Douglas. Trooper Hughes received his Lieutenant's bars in February of 2003 when he was promoted to the division supervisor in Jackson. In 2005, Lieutenant Hughes transferred back to Douglas as the division supervisor for the Douglas, Glenrock and Lusk areas where...
Mustaches For Mark
Wyoming State Trooper Mark Shinost has served the citizens and motorists of Wyoming for the past 25 years. Mark was recently diagnosed with cancer. Troopers in Mark's Division F and across the state are growing mustaches out in support of Mark in his battle with cancer. We invite and challenge everyone else in the Wyoming Highway Patrol to show Mark your support and grow your mustaches out as well! We extend this challenge to other law enforcement and public safety personnel, friends of Mark, and anyone else wanting to participate. In doing so, we want to tell Mark that "We've got your back",...
WY 59 ENHANCED ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
The Wyoming Highway Patrol's enhanced enforcement efforts continue on WY 59 between Douglas and Gillette. Troopers have been working altered shifts and additional troopers are being brought in from other divisions to assist with the efforts to increase highway safety on WY 59. Attention has been focused on general traffic enforcement with special attention on the contributing factors identified in fatal crashes for 2014. Commercial vehicle violations that are commonly investigated by our troopers and often called in as complaints by local motorists have also been given special attention. From...
WYOMING RADIO STATION AND HOST RECOGNIZED
On November 28th, Troopers Kannier, Tippy, Lopez, Williams and K-9 Basil presented Johnny King and WYORadio with an award from the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Wyoming Highway Patrol Association for the continued support for the Alive at 25 program. Johnny King has opened his doors to the Wyoming Highway Patrol allowing Trooper Kannier to come onto his morning show on KQSW 96.5 any time he pleases and at no cost to promote the Alive at 25 program. In addition, Johnny King and his wife Kelli continue to talk about and support the Alive-At-25 program on the air on a regular basis. Through his radio...
2014 WYOMING HIGHWAY FATALITIES UPDATE
The number of highway fatalities in Wyoming for 2014 has reached 136 unnecessary deaths so far this year. Many have asked why the fatalities are so much higher than the total number of fatalities for the entire year of 2013 totaling 87. The low number of fatalities in 2013 was a positive accomplishment, but was not expected to become the normal trend. The good news is that a 20 year comparison from 1994 to preliminary numbers so far for 2014 is showing a continued downward trend in the number of fatalities from crashes in Wyoming. Although the numbers oscillate up and down each year, the deaths...
DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY AT THE SUNDANCE PORT OF ENTRY
It was Driver Appreciation Day at the Sundance Port of Entry today in recognition of all the men and women who transport all the things we use on a daily basis to keep our country moving. Thank you from the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Sundance Port employees Shelly McDonald, Beck Fowler, Teresa Sutton, Bobbie Ballard, and Samantha Sipe
Sheridan Port of Entry Officer Sue Hendrickson Recognized
Mission accomplished! One of the Wyoming Highway Patrol's Eight Core Values is Integrity. Sheridan Port of Entry Officer Sue Hendrickson was recently recognized for demonstrating that core value. "On the evening of November 18th, Sheridan Port of Entry Officer Sue Hendrickson was working at the Port of Entry counter. She had sold a permit to a driver who paid with cash. Some time later, another driver came up to the station where Sue was working. The driver noticed a bank envelope on the ledge just out of Sue's area. The driver handed the envelope to Sue, and that envelope contained $485.00....
COLONEL BUTLER APPOINTS FOUR NEW LIEUTENANTS
Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel John Butler appointed four new division lieutenants today to fill three current and one upcoming vacancy in the first line supervisor ranks of the Patrol. The four new lieutenants took part in an extensive promotional process to achieve their new rank. Colonel Butler stated that "this promotional process continues to remind us of the great caliber and character in our people within the Patrol and that our future is bright." Sergeant Chris Schell has been with the Patrol since January of 1996 and was selected from his Academy Coordinator position in Safety and Training...
59 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED ON TRAFFIC STOP EAST OF LYMAN
A traffic stop for speeding on November 7th resulted in the seizure of approximately 59 pounds of marijuana. The traffic stop occurred at 12:26 p.m. at mile post 51 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 11 miles east of Lyman, Wyoming. A Wyoming State Trooper observed a Ford Focus travelling east at 87 mph in a posted 80 mph zone. Upon stopping the Ford, the trooper became suspicious that the occupants in the Ford were involved in some type of criminal activity, specifically drug trafficking. A Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection K-9 responded to the stop and alerted for the presence...
K-9 Team Recognized
"Can you tell your husband that he has a SUPER trooper (Trooper Tippy) that has a drug dog named Basil? Our family saw him at Taco Johns. He took the time to introduce my son to his dog! My son LOVES dogs and law enforcement! It made my sons entire week and he now takes our chocolate lab all over the house, calls him Basil, and searches for drugs! The Trooper was one of the nicest, kindest, men I've ever met, and left a lasting impression on a little boy, who is so shy it's painful for him to interact with anyone! The law enforcement in this community have naturally, and positively, interacted...
Trooper Basic #86 Commissioned
It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be committed, want to help people and protect the citizens of the state. Seven new troopers are up to the challenge, having completed their training and recently being sworn in as the newest members of Patrol. Patrol held a commissioning ceremony on November 06th where the new troopers took their oaths and received their badges in front of family and friends. The ceremony marked the 86th graduated academy class. The new troopers recently completed an intensive training period. Those who weren’t already certified as peace...
TROOPERS LOCATE ABDUCTED CHILD FROM CASPER AREA AMBER ALERT
A Be On The Lookout (BOLO) was given to Gillette area troopers at approximately 12:46 p.m. on November 3rd for an Amber Alert out of Casper, Wyoming. The Amber Alert was for a seven year old female named Desiree Bowden. The Amber Alert notified the troopers that Desiree Bowden's paternal grandmother, Vianna Jones, had committed a non-custodial abduction of Desiree Bowden from a playground during recess at an elementary school in North Casper. Troopers, deputies, police officers, Wyoming State Park Officers, Game and Fish Officers and concerned citizens in the area began looking initially for...
WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL ADDRESSES CONCERNS ON WY 59 AND OTHER AREA HIGHWAYS
Wyoming State Highway 59 is a north/south roadway spanning approximately 110 miles between Douglas and Gillette. Due to increased traffic, recent crashes and citizen concerns on this highway, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is responding. Additional troopers within the respective districts will be brought into the area to focus on all traffic related issues, being visible and taking the appropriate form of action on traffic issues encountered. The Patrol's Mobile Education and Enforcement Teams (MEET) will also be brought in to work the increased commercial vehicle traffic on the highways of concern....
WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL K-9 "ROBBIE" STRUCK DURING VEHICLE SEARCH
On October 19th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. near mile post 266 on Interstate 80 westbound, Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 "Robbie" and Trooper Dave Chatfield were engaged in a K-9 deployment on a stopped vehicle. While transitioning from an interior search of the vehicle to an exterior search, Robbie entered into the westbound lanes of travel and was struck by a passing tractor-trailer that had moved to the far left lane of travel. We regret to report that Robbie died on scene from the injuries sustained from the collision. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not in violation of any laws at the...
2014 BRONZE BOOT RUN
The Wyoming Highway Patrol escorted the University of Wyoming ROTC southbound to the Colorado state line on US 287 for the Bronze Boot Run. The annual U.W. / C.S.U. football game is in Fort Collins this year, so Wyoming got the first leg before handing it off to Colorado. The Bronze Boot is a traveling trophy that is guarded by the previous game winning school's ROTC at the game each year. Go Pokes!
LINCOLN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAM UP FOR SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK
Lincoln County law enforcement teamed up for school bus safety last week to help educate school children about the importance of being safe in and around school buses. During the safety week, all of the elementary schools in Lincoln County School District #2 were taken to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Afton to learn more about school bus safety. Approximately 3000 students attended during the week. Troopers from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Officers from the Afton Police Department were in attendance to spend time with and help educate the...
SCHOOL BUS CRASH ON WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION
On October 16th, at approximately 1:40 p.m., a school bus belonging to Shoshone Arapaho Head Start was southbound on WY 132 in Fremont County on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The school bus left the roadway on the right side of a left hand curve for an unknown reason, the driver steered the bus back onto the road, over-corrected, and the bus rolled 1 1/4 times coming to rest in the roadway. On the bus were four adults and 13 small children aged one and two years of age. Three of the adults were not belted and two of them were injured. The driver of the bus, Riah Roselle Shakespeare (35 years...
NEVER FORGOTTEN, NEVER ALONE
WE REMEMBER PATROLMAN PETE VISSER AND TROOPER CHRIS LOGSDON. On October 09th, 1981, Patrolman Pete Visser was investigating a crash when the parked patrol car he was seated in was struck from behind by a drunk driver in a pickup truck. Patrolman Visser suffered critical head and neck injuries from the crash. Patrolman Visser succumbed to his injuries the next day, October 12th. Patrolman Visser was the first patrolman of the Wyoming Highway Patrol to die in the line of duty since the agency was formed in 1933. Patrolman Visser’s ultimate sacrifice is never forgotten. On October 13th, 1998, Trooper...
TROOPER BASIC #86. CONTINUING A PROUD TRADITION.
TROOPER BASIC #86 PARTICIPATED IN PATROL EXERCISES ON OCTOBER 23RD. THESE TROOPERS WILL BE COMMISSIONED IN NOVEMBER AND HITTING THE ROAD SOON. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN CONTINUE IN THE PATROL'S PROUD TRADITION, VISIT OUR CAREERS AND RECRUITMENT LINK AT http://www.whp.dot.state.wy.us/home/trooper--careersrecruiting.html.
SHERIDAN PORT OF ENTRY OFFICER RECOGNIZED WITH "RARE BREED" AWARD
Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel John Butler presented Sheridan / Dietz Port of Entry Special Officer Andy Harkins the "Rare Breed" award on September 30th, 2014. Officer Harkins was presented the award for his actions on July 23rd, 2014 when he stopped on his way to work and rendered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) aid to a man having a medical issue on Wyoming Highway 345 near Sheridan. Upon the arrival of emergency medical services, Officer Harkins continued to assist by helping direct traffic around the incident. A white buffalo is considered a rare event, and was held in a place of special...
TROOPERS PUT AN END TO AUTO THEFT STRING
On September 26th, two juvenile runaways from Colorado were arrested by a Wyoming State Trooper for a string of vehicle thefts from Colorado and Wyoming. A stolen vehicle report was received from Jackson, Wyoming to look for a stolen GMC pickup truck. While Deputies from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Troopers from Patrol were looking for the pickup in the Dubois area, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office received another report of a Toyota SUV stolen from Dubois. A trooper located the stolen Toyota and two juveniles at a store in Crowheart, Wyoming. The two juveniles were reported as...
WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL DISPATCH GRADUATES SIX NEW DISPATCHERS
Six new dispatchers completed their classroom training and celebrated with a graduation ceremony on September 19th at the communications center in Cheyenne. Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatch trainees go through five weeks of classroom training where they learn about a variety of topics. Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), geography, emergency and non-emergency call taking, telephone procedures, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), basic law and high risk traffic stops are just a few of the many topics the dispatchers studied. This class was the first Wyoming Highway Patrol Communications Basic...
TANKER ROLLOVER EAST OF LOVELL CAUSES LANE CLOSURE ON US 14A
A tanker hauling 5,500 gallons of latex crashed and rolled at mile post 71 on US 14A approximately 25 miles east of Lovell on September 09th at 7:50 in the morning. The driver of the 2012 Volvo tractor, 59 year old Dennis Spurbeck of New Philadelphia, Ohio, was negotiating a curved section of the highway with a 10% downgrade. Troopers on scene are investigating brake failure as the contributing factor in the crash as the truck's speed became too great for the downgrade which caused the truck to trip and roll. The crash caused one lane of travel to be closed. The load of latex is not considered...
FLEEING SUSPECT INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY CAR ON INTERSTATE 90
33 year old Matthew P. McDonald of Knoxville, Tennessee has been taken into custody after resisting arrest and running into oncoming traffic on Interstate 90. Mr. McDonald was stopped by a Wyoming State Trooper for speeding 91 mph in a posted 80 mph zone at 9:15 a.m. on September 09th approximately 16 miles west of Sundance at mile post 169 on I 90 eastbound. Through the course of the stop, the trooper ascertained probable cause to arrest Mr. McDonald for multiple violations. While attempting to place Mr. McDonald into custody, McDonald ran from the trooper on foot into oncoming interstate traffic....
TROOPERS' INSTINCTS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND A PHONE CALL TO JAIL LEAD TO A FORT COLLINS MAN'S ARREST
A call on August 29th, at approximately 6:38 a.m., sent Wyoming State Troopers to mile post 232 on Interstate 25 looking for a man jumping into traffic. When troopers arrived at the location 40 miles north of Casper, they encountered a male and female claiming they had run out of gas. After inquiring about the occupants' names and receiving conflicting information, the troopers became suspicious that the male and female were not being fully forthcoming about who the male was. Through conversation with the female, identified as 21 year old Nissa L. Dipalma of Fort Collins, Colorado, troopers...
WYOMING STATE TROOPER TALKS SUICIDAL MAN OFF OF INTERSTATE 80 BRIDGE
At approximately 8:27 p.m. on Tuesday, September 02nd, Wyoming State Troopers were dispatched to a man sitting on the bridge railing overpass at mile post 357 on Interstate 80 and Roundtop Road. Multiple calls received by Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatch reported citizens were fearing that the man was going to jump. Upon the arrival of the first trooper, the man was observed to be standing on the bridge deck of I-80 near traffic. The trooper directed traffic away from the man and engaged him in conversation. As they were talking, the man started to walk away from the trooper and headed towards...
Education Is Just As Useful As Enforcement
A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper was working Enhanced Enforcement time near Cheyenne. He stopped a vehicle for speeding 85mph in an 80mph zone and discovered in the back seat of the car a 2 year old and a 4 year old who were not in child restraints. The young parents were not aware of the child restraint laws. The Trooper took the initiative to make sure the children were safe on their return trip home to Kansas. He brought the family to the Patrol Headquarters building in Cheyenne where we properly fitted two child restraints for the boys. Attached is a picture of the two happy kids in their new...
Wyoming Highway Patrol's Latest K-9 Team Hits the Highways
Elk Mountain - Trooper Dave Chatfield and his new K-9 partner "Robbie" recently began working together to help in the Patrol's efforts in criminal interdiction. Robbie, a Springer Spaniel, originally came from Ireland. He received his initial training with the company "Battle Born K9" in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trooper Chatfield and Robbie have been training together since July and have received their certification to begin working the highways together. Robbie is a drug detection only K-9 and is trained to detect a variety of controlled substances. Trooper Chatfield and Robbie will primarily be...
STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TO 163 MILE LONG PURSUIT
A pursuit that was originally initiated by Deputies with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Officers with the Riverton Police Department ended 163 miles later near Elk Mountain, Wyoming. Fremont County Deputies and Riverton Police Officers attempted to stop a 2013 Dodge Charger in Riverton, Wyoming as they believed the vehicle was possibly stolen. A pursuit began out of Riverton and assistance from the Wyoming Highway Patrol was requested at 1:43 p.m.. Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers out of Lander attempted to deploy stop sticks on the vehicle at Sweetwater Station at the junction of Wyoming...
IMPATIENT TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 – 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
STRANDED MOTORISTS ADVISED TO SHELTER IN THEIR VEHICLE
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (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
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
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...