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Woman charged with driving car over boyfriend

May 1, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

A Lander woman was charged April 21 with two counts of aggravated assault for driving over her boyfriend the week before. The defendant, Teresa Leah Sunrhodes, 42, also faces a charge of driving under the influence.

Sunrhodes had a preliminary hearing in her case Wednesday and has bond set at $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety. If convicted, she could face up to 21 and a half years in prison.

Riverton Police Department officers arrested Sunrhodes at 10:20 p.m. April 16 in the 300 block of East Fremont Avenue in Riverton. Before she was arrested, she told an officer she had hit her boyfriend, Anthony Hopper, with her 1994 Toyota Celica in front of Motel 6 at the corner of East Fremont Avenue and South Third Street, according to police reports.

Two witnesses riding in a car at the time traveling on East Fremont told a more elaborate story of the alleged attack.

A woman, Karah King, told officers she saw a man walk toward a car. The vehicle pulled forward and then quickly reversed into him, according to an affidavit in the case. The car drove forward and backward again, knocking the man to the ground, King told police, and then went forward and backward a third time, driving over the man. Then the car drove forward over the man and away, according to the affidavit.

Alcohol consumption and arguing preceded the incident, according to the affidavit.

She and Hopper had been drinking at Ralff's Bar at 121 N. Broadway earlier on April 16, Sunrhodes told police, when the couple got into an argument and the man left on foot.

"She stated that she loved him and didn't want to lose him, so she got into her car and went after him," according to the affidavit.

Sunrhodes displayed several signs of intoxication when RPD pulled her over. When asked to exit the vehicle, she told an officer she could not get the car door open, according to the affidavit, and the officer used her keys to unlock and open it for her. The officer reported that she had urinated on herself and smelled of alcohol.

She performed poorly on field sobriety tests and blew a .278 percent for blood alcohol content, according to the affidavit. The legal limit in Wyoming is .08. Hopper refused medical treatment and denied anything had happened.

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