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Commercial driver crashes semi while drunk

(County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo.— A commercial driver was cited for driving drunk after he crashed a semi-truck north of Gillette Saturday morning and was found passed out behind the wheel, Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said Monday.

Deputies were dispatched to N. Garner Lake Road Saturday around 4:20 a.m. for the report of a semi-truck that had crashed and was stopped on the shoulder facing oncoming traffic, Reynolds said, adding that they arrived to find a 28-year-old male passed out in the driver’s seat of a 2022 Peterbilt.

The semi-struck, a 2022 Peterbilt, had reportedly left the road and crashed into a fence, tearing down multiple sections until it came to a stop, per Reynolds. The male, when awoken, reportedly smelled of alcohol and was removed from the semi-truck.

Deputies obtained a blood sample from the male after being granted a warrant and, additionally, located 1.08 grams of suspected marijuana in the semi-truck cab in plain view, Reynolds said.

The male was transported to the emergency room at Campbell County Health, where deputies chose not to arrest him after being informed by hospital staff that the male would not be released for a while.

He will be charged with driving as a commercial driver while intoxicated and possessing marijuana, per Reynolds.