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Fleeing man left wife, child in moving car

Dec 4, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

He was arrested on five separate charges.

A Worland man was arrested after authorities said he left his wife and 5-year-old child in a moving vehicle with no one at the wheel.

No one was injured in the incident, which was reported at about 1:20 p.m. Saturday from the 300 block of 8 Mile Road.

A witness called law enforcement to say a dark-colored sport utility vehicle had just "plowed into a bunch of mailboxes."

Another witness said the SUV, which was traveling at about 35 mph, was "all over the road" and had almost struck another vehicle.

Officials said they located the 2000 GMC near the road's intersection with U.S. Highway 26 and attempted to make a traffic stop. Instead of pulling over, however, the driver --identified as Keith Gimm, 35, of Worland --reportedly "sped off in the borrow ditch."

Eventually, Gimm stopped the car and tried to flee from the area on foot.

"At (that) point he was confronted by the deputy," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said. "But the vehicle was left in gear, (and) it began to drive away. ... It started off on its own, idling down the borrow ditch toward the highway."

Lee said the deputy ran past Gimm, jumped into the vehicle and applied the brakes. The deputy said the SUV was occupied by Gimm's wife and 5-year-old child.

Gimm was arrested for driving under the influence, child endangerment, eluding police, hit and run, and failure to maintain automobile insurance. Lee said Gimm refused to let officials measure his blood-alcohol content at the scene.

Gimm's wife said the family had traveled to Fremont County to visit relatives for the holidays. She and the child were taken to stay with family members in Riverton.

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