Wyoming man arrested for brandishing a gun during road rage incident near Kremmling
April 5, 2012
A road rage incident near Kremmling on April 3 resulted in the arrest of Patrick Shane Devine, 38, of Casper, Wyo.
He was taken into custody on suspicion of felony menacing with a firearm, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade.
At 1:36 p.m. Devine called 9-1-1 to report a semi-truck driver making gestures and honking at him while driving north on US Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling, according to police. Devine stated that the semi driver tried to run him off the road and almost rear-ended him.
Working with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Spade talked to the semi-truck driver, Michael Westervelt, 61, of Montana, who was stopped in front of Bob’s Western Motel in Kremmling. Westervelt said that he was waiting for the driver (Devine) to get ahead of him since they were heading in the same direction. He also stated that Devine passed him while driving on US Highway 9 from Silverthorne and he slammed on his breaks causing the trucker to slam on his brakes, and that Devine continued to do this for many miles.
Westervelt then told Spade that Devine pointed a gun at him while he was stopped at the traffic light in Kremmling.
“Westervelt was knowledgeable about firearms and was able to state the gun was a brushed steel Taurus revolver,” said Spade.
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Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Austin, who took the initial call, was able to call Devine on his cell phone and asked him to pull over so he could talk to him, according to the Grand County Sheriff officials.
When Devine opened the car door, Deputy Austin smelled a pungent odor indicative of marijuana, according to police. Police said they found 1 ounce of marijuana and 4 grams of hashish in Devine’s vehicle. When questioned, Devine told police he couldn’t remember what gestures he made to Westervelt.
“Devine was cooperative and told Deputy Austin about his weapon in his car and pointed to its location,” said Spade.
Devine was taken to Grand County Jail and bonded out the following day, Wednesday, April 3, at 4:19 p.m. on a $6,000 bond.
Kremmling police are following up on the case and have GPS coordinates for the related tire marks on the US Highway 9, said Spade.