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Motorist fined for striking Wyoming runaway truck arrestor told troopers Santa Claus was following him


A California man was issued several charges after colliding with a truck arrestor on Teton Pass last month.

Charles Green, 61, recently pleaded no contest in Teton County Circuit Court to charges of marijuana possession, failure to report a collision, and duty upon collision. He was fined $420.

The charges were issued following an unusual incident that occurred on Wyoming Highway 22 over Teton Pass into Jackson, Wyoming, on October 3, 2022.

According to local outlet Jackson Hole News & Guide, Green was behind the wheel of a Volvo passenger vehicle when he allegedly struck the truck arrestor on Teton Pass and then fled the scene.

Wyoming State Trooper Andy Jackson was able to catch up to Green and reported that he was exhibiting strange behavior.

Jackson said that Green told him that he believed he was being pursued by Santa Claus.

Green was later ordered to submit to a mental health evaluation and deemed competent to enter a plea on his charges.

The truck arrestor was closed for two days while the Wyoming Department of Transportation made repairs to one of the “catch” nets.


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