A Casper couple is facing driving under the influence charges after authorities say a man drove intoxicated to the local jail this weekend to bail out his wife, who was locked up for allegedly driving drunk earlier the same evening.
Prosecutors charged both Clyde Carl Edwards, 44, and Kathleen Elizabeth Edwards, 44, with DUIs in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum possible penalty of six months in jail.
The case began about 12:15 a.m. Saturday, when a Natrona County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a Buick, driven by Kathleen Edwards, almost hitting several construction barrels near the intersection of Wyoming Boulevard and 13th Street, according to an arrest affidavit.
Edwards, authorities say, told the deputy she had consumed a glass of wine earlier in the evening. A subsequent portable breath test showed Edwards' blood-alcohol content to be .098 percent and she was arrested, according to the affidavit.
Edwards was taken to the Natrona County Detention Center.
Her husband, Clyde Edwards, was in the car's passenger seat during the traffic stop. When questioned, he admitted to pouring out a glass of wine his wife had in the car. He also had a beer bottle between his feet, according to the affidavit.
Authorities allowed Clyde Edwards, who appeared intoxicated, to call a cab to take him home, according to the affidavit.
At about 3 a.m., he entered the detention center's lobby to bond his wife out of jail, authorities say.
The same deputy who arrested Kathleen Edwards came to lobby and found Clyde Edwards wearing the same clothes he was wearing at the time of his wife's arrest, the affidavit states.
When questioned about how he got to the jail, Edwards claimed the cab had brought him. The deputy then went outside and did not see a cab. Dispatch employees told the deputy no cab company brought anyone to the detention center that evening, according to the affidavit.
The deputy, after asking Edwards to step outside, questioned Edwards about not being truthful about the cab ride. Edwards denied having any vehicle keys in his pocket. Asked to empty his pockets, Edwards responded, "No!" the affidavit states.
When the deputy asked Edwards where his vehicle was in the parking lot, Edwards said, "If you are going to arrest me, then arrest me," according to the affidavit.
"Edwards' stance was firm and appeared aggressive with his chest out and peering over his glasses at [the deputy]," the affidavit states.
Edwards was arrested. A search turned up keys to a Dodge pickup parked in the jail's parking lot, authorities say.
Edwards later told an intake nurse at the jail he had not consumed any alcohol since Feb. 14, according to the affidavit.
Both of the Edwards remain free on bond while awaiting a jury trial.