38-year-old Riverton resident faces three charges after November 1st wreck
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Tammie Melton, 38, of Fremont County, waived her preliminary hearing on November 14th after allegedly causing a wreck outside of Shoshoni on November 1st that led to “serious bodily injury to another person.”
The following three charges Melton is facing move to District Court for arraignment on December 12th. One count felony driving or having control of a vehicle while under the influence – serious bodily injury with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for no more than 10 years, a fine of no less than $2,000 and no more than $5,000, or both. One count duty to stop vehicle where accident involves death or personal injuries (misdemeanor) with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for no more than 1 year, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both. One count overtaking on the left (misdemeanor) with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for no more than 20 days, a fine of no more than $200, or both.
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Court documents describe multiple witnesses stating a red sedan “had been traveling northbound in the passing lane as it entered into Shoshoni.” The car reportedly continued to pass after the passing lane ended and veered into oncoming traffic striking a southbound vehicle. The southbound vehicle overturned and trapped the three occupants. It is reported, one of the occupants “suffered a fracture of the cervical spine…” There is no information reported in the court documents about the condition of the other two occupants.
Law enforcement was notified Melton was at a Shoshoni residence and had just been in a wreck. She was arrested soon after the incident and had a breath alcohol content of .15%. The Shoshoni Police Department shared at the time of this wreck Melton was currently out on bond for a DUI.