CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after authorities said he crashed into a parked pickup and then drove home while high on methadone.
Joshua James Fenton, 24, was also charged with filing a false report after the Monday night crash.
Police said Fenton called authorities to report having been in an accident about 9:30 p.m. Arriving at his apartment, officers said they found him “foaming at the mouth” and “unable to stand still,” according to an arrest affidavit from the case.
Fenton told officers a red truck had “cut him off” at the intersection of CY Avenue and 15th Street and an accident occurred. He claimed that he could not get the vehicle’s tag number as it left the alleged crash site without stopping, police said.
Fenton claimed to have driven home and then called police.
Officers checked the vehicle Fenton had been driving — a Jeep Cherokee — and saw that it had severe front-end damage and was missing a front bumper. There was no red paint on the vehicle, police say.
Officers then followed a trail of radiator fluid that was coming from beneath the Jeep. The fluid led to a Ford F-250 parked off 15th Street. Beside the truck was the bumper officers say was missing from Fenton’s vehicle.
Police took Fenton to the scene. Confronted with the situation, he replied, “I don’t know. I got my directions messed up. If my bumper is there, I think I am going to need an attorney,” the affidavit states.
Fenton, authorities say, agreed to take a breathalyzer and it registered 0.00. He struggled during field sobriety tests, though, and police found several methadone pills in his pockets, according to the affidavit.
Fenton, in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday, claimed that the pills belonged to a family member who had inadvertently left them in his car. He said he was only holding the pills until he could return them.
If convicted of DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and false reporting, he faces the possibility of more than a year and a half behind bars.
Fenton remained in the Natrona County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond Wednesday.
A jury trial will be scheduled.