Deputy injured in altercation

A Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured Saturday after an incident with a wanted suspect who allegedly attempted to flee the scene of a traffic stop.

According to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy and a trainee attempted a traffic stop on Springs Drive in Rock Springs at 1:46 a.m. on Tommy Gene Vensor, 33, of Rock Springs for alleged failure to maintain a proper lane of travel and suspicion of driving while impaired.

After identifying the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, deputies learned an arrest warrant was issued for Vensor.

When he was asked to leave his vehicle to perform a field sobriety test, the sheriff’s office claims Vensor refused, put his vehicle into gear and attempted to drive away.

The deputy attempted to put Vensor’s vehicle back into park before being drug by her arm for about 10 feet before falling onto the road.

The deputy, who was not identified by the sheriff’s office, was treated for minor injuries, which included bruising to her hand, arm and leg, as well as abrasions. She was released from the hospital after treatment.

Vensor was arrested at his residence without incident and is currently charged with alleged driving while under the influence, driving with a suspended license, fleeing police officers, no seat belt, failure to maintain liability coverage and felony interference with a peace officer. The felony carries a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Vensor is being held at the Sweetwater County Detention Center.


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