More than a dozen people called 911 in response to the controlled burns on the National Elk Refuge in the past week. While the smoke was visible for miles, the fires were intentionally set and monitored by National Park Service firefighters to reduce available fuels ahead of the dry summer season.
A worker at Mike’s Body Shop called police April 21 to report a customer who drove off without paying a $2,211 repair bill. The repair shop made repeated calls to the 66-year-old Oregon man, but he never returned their calls, according to Jackson Police Sgt. Russ Ruschill. The man reportedly told the repair shop he needed to take the car to another shop.
Law enforcement reported four DUI arrests over the past week. Ruschill said that was abnormally high for this time of year.
An officer stopped a man Wednesday evening who was driving eastbound on West Gill with his brights on. Driving with “multiple beam lamps,” or high beams without turning them off for oncoming traffic is illegal in Wyoming and often an indication of driving under the influence, Ruschill said. The man admitted to drinking before driving and “bombed all the field sobriety tests,” according to the officer’s report. The 38-year-old Colorado man was arrested for DUI.
Just before midnight Friday, an officer stopped a California man, 27, for speeding on West Broadway. The driver’s eyes were bloodshot, and he had an open can of beer in the center console, according to reports. He did poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and open container.
At 2:19 a.m. Sunday, officers arrested a man for DUI and open container after he was stopped for speeding on West Snow King Avenue. The 28-year-old driver from Driggs, Idaho, was going 38 mph in a 25 mph zone and reportedly had several open beer cans in the car.
On Saturday, sheriff’s deputies in Stillwater County, Montana, arrested a teenager who was wanted in Teton County for not showing up to court for a DUI charge. The 19-year-old man is being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility with plans to extradite him to the Teton County Jail.
Teton County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Monday night who had run a red light and was swerving between lanes. The 30-year-old admitted to drinking seven or eight beers before driving, according to Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt. He was arrested for DUI.
Deputies stopped a swerving car Tuesday evening at the intersection of Fish Creek Road and Main Street in Wilson. The car smelled like marijuana and alcohol, and the 69-year-old driver admitted to drinking one margarita, the report stated. During a search of the car the responding deputy found a small amount of marijuana, and the passenger was detained. She became “irate,” kicked the deputy and tried to kick the windows of the patrol car, according to the report. She was arrested for interference and misdemeanor possession.
Deputies cited a 39-year-old Jackson woman for letting her dogs run loose around Highway 89 by Henry’s Road. According to Platt, it was the second time the animals had run free, with the first escape handled by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Platt said chasing errant pets has been a “consistent problem” in that neighborhood.
Information in the police blotter is gathered from law enforcement, county courts and sometimes radio dispatch and witnesses. Those jailed are charged, not convicted. — Eds.