Saturday wreck leaves alleged drunken driver in serious condition

WHP logo cleanBy Joshua Scheer, reporter, county10.com

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Highway Patrol and Fremont County Sheriff’s Officers are investigating a series of wrecks that occurred Saturday, leaving a Riverton man in serious condition.

WHP Lt. Tom Adams said Anthony Harris, 27, of Riverton, was headed southbound on Highway 287 at about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday when he failed to slow his pickup down in time before striking a vehicle in front of him, a Hyundai. The wreck occurred at milepost 4 between Lander and Milford. The driver of the car was checked by EMS and was able to drive away from the wreck.

However, Adams said when Harris learned the other driver was calling law enforcement he allegedly turned his vehicle around headed back toward Milford. Adams said he did not have the exact timeline but shortly after leaving the scene of the wreck, Harris took a corner too fast on North Fork Road near North Second Street. He collided with the jersey barriers on the corner and was thrown from the vehicle. Alcohol was a factor and Harris was apparently not wearing a seatbelt.

“He was life-flighted to Casper,” Adams said, noting that as of Sunday Harris was in serious, but stable, condition.

WHP handled the Highway 287 scene, and FCSO took over the second site.

Adams said charges of Driving Under the Influence, Leaving the Scene of a wreck and Speeding are pending against Harris.