Man faces multiple charges from Nov. 28 DUI and crashDec 12, 2017 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Wrier
A Rawlins man has posted bond after being arrested for driving under the influence, texting while driving and failing to report a property damage collision.
Reports state Ranson Thompson, 37, was driving a 2015 GMC truck Nov. 28 when he struck a power pole in the 2100 block of Spriggs Drive in Lander.
Officials said the power pole fell over, and Thompson drove away from the scene.
"He was located at a nearby residence and arrested," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a report.
No injuries were recorded.
The report states Thompson is a Lander resident, but on Nov. 29, Thompson told Ninth Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Denhardt that he lives and works in Rawlins.
Thompson's driving while under the influence charge is his second in 10 years and fourth in his lifetime, according to the Fremont County Attorney's Office; his last DUI was in 2015. Prosecutors argued for bond to be set at $500 cash because of his history.
Denhardt told Thompson that, if convicted, he could face a minimum of seven days to maximum of six months in jail for the DUI - second offense, plus fines and fees.
When he was arrested, officials said Thompson requested a blood draw to determine his blood-alcohol content, and those tests were not back in time for his hearing Nov. 29.
The texting while driving charge can carry fine of up to $130 for the first offense, while failing to report a is punishable by up to 20 days in jail plus fines for the first offense.
Thompson told Denhardt he plans to hire his own attorney.
Denhardt set Thompson's bond at $500 cash and required Thompson to be tested for alcohol 6-7 a.m. and 8-9 p.m. daily when he isn't working.
The judge noted that, on days he is working, if he drinks, more than likely he will be caught and fired.
Thompson asked if he could go in earlier for his testing to coordinate with his work schedule.
"I don't set the times to be convenient for the defendant," Denhardt said, noting he sets the times to try to catch defendants doing what they should not be doing.
Thompson's next court hearing is set tentatively for Dec. 14 in Lander.