Drunk driver collides with stopped vehicle; one hurt, Trooper escaped injury

Fremont County's Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Pence was on a traffic stop last Friday evening when a drunken driver came into the scene, striking the car he stopped. At about 5:40 p.m., Pence had pulled over a vehicle with three occupants for a traffic violation about 5 miles east of Shoshoni on the westbound side of Highway 20/26. He tells County 10 that he got information from the driver through the passenger side window, for safety, and went back to his vehicle to enter the information on his computer. While he was doing so, he said another westbound vehicle, traveling at 45-50 mph, veered over onto the shoulder, narrowly missing his patrol vehicle and striking the back of the vehicle that had been stopped. The driver of the stopped vehicle received minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, 54-year-old Boulder, Colo. man, has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, Driving with a Revoked License, No Insurance, Careless Driving and Open Container. His passenger, from the Casper area, had permission to use the vehicle, but might not have had permission to take it out of town. Natrona County charges may be pending. Pence said he let the vehicle he stopped off with just a warning; they'd been through enough, he said. He added that if he had been out and by the passenger window, he probably would have died. Following all this, Pence encouraged anyone who sees a vehicle being driven unsafely to call it in immediately. This is the third incident statewide since the beginning of the year that a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper has been in or nearly in a wreck while on duty. #county10 #oilcity #news