Man alleged to have sped through Cody while impaired, with child

Posted 12/8/22

Cody police say an impaired driver topped 75 mph as he sped through the city in a ’57 Chevy last month — with a child in the back seat. When he eventually pulled over, the suspect …

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Man alleged to have sped through Cody while impaired, with child

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Cody police say an impaired driver topped 75 mph as he sped through the city in a ’57 Chevy last month — with a child in the back seat. When he eventually pulled over, the suspect reportedly suggested police arrest him.

“Just take me, dude,” Kenneth L. Sizemore allegedly told a responding officer. “I’ve been drinking.”

Cody police Sgt. Josh Van Auken detected the smell of marijuana and asked if Sizemore had also been smoking the substance; charging documents allege Sizemore confessed to that as well.

“Yeah,” the 38-year-old reportedly offered. “Hell yeah.”

Sizemore was ultimately charged with three misdemeanor counts stemming from the Nov. 27 incident: driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance, reckless endangering and fleeing or eluding police. He pleaded not guilty at his initial appearance in Park County Circuit Court on Nov. 30 and was released on a $10,000 surety bond later that day. A trial is set for April 27.

In a written affidavit filed in support of the charges, Van Auken said he had pulled up behind Sizemore’s 1957 Chevy at a stop sign on 19th Street, at its intersection with Sheridan Avenue. Then, “the vehicle accelerated so quickly that it was several blocks ahead of me in only a matter of a few seconds,” Van Auken wrote. He clocked the Chevy going 77 mph on Sheridan Avenue’s 30 mph zone. It was just after 8:30 p.m. The officer wrote that Sizemore showed “willful disregard” for the safety of the pedestrians and bicyclists who often use the area.

Van Auken caught up with the car at the intersection of 29th Street and Sheridan and turned on his siren and lights, but Sizemore continued for another seven blocks before pulling over, the affidavit says. After being handcuffed, Sizemore reportedly apologized for not stopping right away, saying he was being stupid and having fun. Sizemore also said he was worried about the woman in his vehicle and wanted to get her back to their home on 29th Street. The woman’s 6-year-old child was in the backseat without a child safety restraint and she later told police that “she did not want Sizemore to be going that fast with her child in the vehicle,” the affidavit says.

Sizemore failed sobriety tests at the scene, the charging documents allege, prompting Van Auken to formally arrest him and obtain vials of his blood for chemical testing.

While free on bond and awaiting further proceedings in his case, Sizemore is barred from driving or drinking alcohol, among other conditions.

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