(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 42-year-old Lander woman is facing four crimes after she allegedly struck a man with her car multiple times while driving under the influence. Teresa SunRhodes was initially booked for attempted murder, but she is now charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery in addition to two counts of Driving Under the Influence.
The assault charges are felonies punishable each by up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines. SunRhodes’s bond is currently set at $5,000 cash as 20 percent of $25,000. He case has been bound over the Ninth District Court where she will enter a plea. The arraignment date has not yet been set.
On the evening of April 16, police were called to an address on East Fremont Street in Riverton for a report of a car driving over a male subject. The suspect vehicle, a 1994 Toyota Celica, was soon located being driven by SunRhodes.
According to the affidavit written by Riverton Police Det. Sgt. Todd Byerly, Officer Eli Miller stopped the vehicle and made contact with SunRhodes. She reportedly displayed numerous signs of intoxication and was unable to exit the vehicle without assistance.
SunRhodes reportedly told Miller that she and her boyfriend, Anthony Hopper, had gotten into an argument at a bar. She then left on foot before meeting up with him again in front of the Motel 6. “She stated that they got into another argument and she was going to drive away,” the affidavit states. “She stated that she went to back up her vehicle and he ran behind her. She stated that she hit him with the car.”
Sgt. Baxter reportedly took statements from a couple eye witnesses to the incident. The following comes from the affidavit’s recounting of one of the witness’s statements: “She saw a tall man in jeans and a white hoodie walk towards a vehicle. She saw the car pull forward and quickly reverse, hitting the man. She said the car then pulled forward and again struck the man and knocked him down to the ground. She said that the car pulled forward a third time and then reversed backwards over the male subject. (The witness) stated that the vehicle drove over the top of the man and then appeared to have left the area.”
Hopper, the alleged victim, reportedly denied anything had happened and refused medical treatment. A portable breath test performed on SunRhodes showed she had a .279 percent blood alcohol content. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.