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Highway 59 crash results in felony aggravated assault, DWUI arrest

(Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A man was arrested for felony aggravated assault after crashing his car while driving drunk on Highway 59, leading to a teenage boy’s hospitalization Wednesday night, Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. 

The man has been identified as a 31-year-old who was arrested shortly after deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover report near milepost 79 on Highway 59 around 3:45 p.m. June 19, per Reynolds. 

When deputies arrived, they found a 2004 Dodge pickup and a white Ford pickup collided in an active construction zone. The man was operating the Dodge northbound when he passed a semi-tractor and lost control, causing him to collide with the 17-year-old boy who was southbound in the Ford, Reynolds said. 

Per the sheriff’s office report, the boy was transported to the hospital with serious injuries sustained in the crash. Reynolds declined to provide additional details regarding the boy’s injuries due to his age. 

The 31-year-old displayed signs of intoxication during the crash investigation and was taken into custody after failing field sobriety tests, Reynolds said, adding that deputies later found his blood alcohol content to be .20%. 

According to Reynolds, the man was arrested for felony aggravated assault, felony DWUI, reckless driving, improper registration and failing to provide proof of insurance.

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