Jul 22, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterThree people were arrested after an incident that began during the Friday Night Cruise in downtown Riverton.
Reports state an officer at the event saw a woman drive a silver Ford Taurus through road barriers at the intersection of Third Street East and East Main Street. The officer approached the vehicle and observed that the woman was "highly intoxicated." He said she tried to drive away, and the officer said he had to jump to the side to avoid being struck by the vehicle.
A search ensued, and at about 9:20 p.m. Friday the vehicle was found parked and unattended in the 600 block of East Fremont Avenue. Officials were in the process of towing the vehicle when three people approached the scene, including the former driver of the car --Darilyne Dodge, 29, of Shoshoni --who was arrested for reckless endangering and no insurance.
Two men with her behaved aggressively toward officers. Reports state that one of the men --Edward SoundingSides, 30, of Arapahoe --"slammed" two beverage cans on the trunk of the vehicle and used profanities while stating that the police would not be taking the car.
"We asked him to settle down," Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said.
Reports state the second man --Drew Blackburn, 27, of Arapahoe --also started yelling profanities. Both men approached the officers involved "in a very aggressive manner."
"(They had) their fists closed like they were trying to fight," Murphy said. "(SoundingSides) stepped into a fighting stance, said, 'I hate you ... cops,' spit at the officers and charged them.
"He was tazed and arrested."
Officers reported finding a steak knife in SoundingSides's pocket, so he was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in addition to resisting arrest.
Blackburn was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Murphy said the men refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test.
Dodge recorded a blood-alcohol content of .14, but Murphy said she was not charged with driving under the influence because officers could not prove she was intoxicated when she was operating the Taurus earlier in the evening.
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