Riverton woman facing 2 counts of Felony DUI and Meth Possession

    A Riverton woman is facing up to 22 years of imprisonment if she’s convicted of 2 counts of felony driving under the influence, 1 count of possession of methamphetamine, and 1 count of possession of marijuana.

    On November 29th, the Riverton Police Department dispatched an officer to East Roosevelt Avenue, near Woodward’s Liquor store. The call stated there was a woman passed out inside of her vehicle in a parking lot.

    The officer noted the woman was sitting in the vehicle’s driver seat while the vehicle was running. She was, “slumped toward the center console and was unconscious.” After multiple attempts to wake the woman up, she became alert.


    The woman identified herself as 28-year-old Daneka McKim. Court documents show that RPD explained smelling, “a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.” The officer also noticed a bottle of Peppermint Schnapps on the passenger front seat.

    During an interview, officers noticed her digging through her coat pockets, which she had draped over her lap. When they asked her to stop, she placed the jacket on the vehicle’s passenger seat. McKim told officers she was waiting for other people to join her at the parking lot.

    RPD officers asked McKim if she would consent to a Standard Field Sobriety Test, which she did. Court documents note that she failed the sobriety test, and was placed under arrest.

    While searching the vehicle, officers found a baggie with marijuana inside. In the center console was a wallet with a used syringe and digital scale inside. After testing residue on the syringe and scale, results came back positive for methamphetamine.


    Records indicated that McKim had four other DUI arrests and convictions in the last four years. Two in 2009, one in 2014, and the most recent in 2015.

    She faces two counts of “Felony Driving Or Having Control Of A Vehicle While Under The Influence.” Both of those counts have the option for an “Enhanced Penalty” which can be added when a person has 3 or more DUI convictions within a 10-year timeframe. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Additionally, she faces one count of “Possession of Methamphetamine” and one count of “Possession of Marijuana.”

    McKim waived her initial hearing and it will be transferred to District Court for arraignment at a later date.


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


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