Fremont County man facing felony DUI charges after ATV wreck

A 60-year-old Fremont County man, James Crary, is being charged with two counts of “felony driving or having control of  a vehicle while under the influence.”

On April 19th, the Riverton Police Department responded to a one-vehicle accident on North 8th West and Fremont Avenue.

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RPD arrived to find Crary with an injury to the back of his head and neck. He had multiple abrasions and was bleeding, but conscious and alert. Witnesses on scene told RPD officers they had seen Crary operating a 2016 Arctic Cat 200 ATV. He attempted to make a turn in the ATV and rolled the vehicle over top of himself.

As Crary was treated by RPD and emergency medical services, a police officer reported in court documents, that he could smell an odor of alcohol coming from Crary’s breath. Documents show that Crary admitted to drinking, “two to three 12 ounce Bud Light beers in the last couple of hours” at a Riverton bar.

Crary willingly submitted a BrAC which read that his blood alcohol content was a .173%.

After receiving treatment at SageWest Riverton, James was arrested and transported to the Riverton Police Department for driving under the influence. A records check indicated that Crary had three prior DWUI convictions within the past ten years.

Both felony DUI counts could face enhanced penalties because of his prior convictions. Each county individually is punishable by up to 7 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Additionally, Crary faces one count of driving without an interlock device. That is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $700.

On June 5th Crary waived his preliminary hearing. The matter will be transferred to District Court at a later date for further proceedings and arraignment.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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