(Lander, Wyo.) – A 20-year-old Fort Washakie man faces seven criminal charges after nearly causing a late-night wreck with a Lander Police Officer and fleeing from officers when a traffic stop was attempted.
Aaron Kolt Bignife is charged with three counts of Felony Driving or Having Control of a Vehicle while Under Influence, Interference with Peace Officer, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officers, Driving on Wrong Side of Roadway and Speeding in City Limits.
The three DUI charges account for different elements of the crime. If convicted, this would be Bigknife’s fourth DUI conviction in the last 10 years years, therefore constituting a felony. The DUI is punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines. The other charges are misdemeanors with varying punishments.
Bigknife is being held on a $15,000 cash or surety bond.
According to the affidavit written by LPD Lt. Chuck Carr, on Dec. 21, 2013, Officer Troy Trehearne observed a white passenger car in the wrong lane of travel, without lights on and speeding.
“Officer Trehearne confirmed with radar that the vehicle was traveling 85 mph in a posted 30 mph speed zone,” the affidavit states. “Officer Trehearne activated his overhead lights and followed the vehicle into the Holiday Lodge parking lot … where the vehicle came to a stop in a parking space.”
The man then reportedly exited his vehicle and ran in the direction of room #102.
“Officer Trehearne got out of his patrol vehicle and ordered Bigknife to show his hands and stop,” the affidavit continues. “Bigknife knocked on the door of room #102 and when the door was opened, Bigknife ran into the room and closed the door.”
Bigknife was soon located under a bed in the motel room, the affidavit states. After officers observed sign of intoxication, Bigknife reportedly refused field sobriety tests and a blood draw was obtained.
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