An Impaired Driver Again Troubles Troopers
In less than a week, Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers survived a close call with an impaired driver during a traffic stop, according to a news release from Sgt. David Wagener.
About 4:30 p.m. Thursday, several troopers had pulled over an impaired driver on westbound Interstate 80 about 10 miles west of Cheyenne.
A vehicle then veered across the fog line, and nearly hit several troopers and patrol cars.
Before a trooper could catch up to the errant vehicle, it crashed into a ditch two miles down the highway.
The stopped driver, Lisa Depiero of Hermosa Beach, Calif., was charged with impaired driving, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, having an open container of an alcoholic beverage, and speeding. Depiero, 54, was taken to the Laramie County Detention Center in Cheyenne.
The driver whose car crashed, Brenna Bahr of Fort Collins, was arrested after being evaluated at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for potential injuries. Bahr, 25, was charged with impaired driving and taken to the Laramie County Detention Center.
This incident happened six days after a similar incident on U.S. Highway 20-26 five miles east of Shoshoni.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol urges motorists to be aware of impaired drivers and to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 1-800-442-9090 or 911.
The Highway Patrol also reminds motorists that state law requires them to slow down on two-lane highways and to move over on interstate highways when approaching stopped emergency vehicles. This protects law enforcement, first responders and the motorists themselves.