Rock Springs man charged with attempted murder

By: AP
By: AP

Rock Springs, WY (AP) - A Rock Springs man is accused of beating his girlfriend and trying to kill her by speeding toward oncoming traffic.

Fifty-year-old Steven Dean McLaren made his first court appearance by video on Wednesday. Among the offenses he's been charged with are attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to court documents, McLaren was driving with his girlfriend, Jennifer Evans, on Monday when Evans said he began screaming at her. She said he attempted to strike an oncoming pickup truck while going 80 mph and later stopped in the path of oncoming tractor-trailer and told her "they were going to die today."

McLaren is being held at the Sweetwater County Detention Center. It's not clear whether he has a lawyer yet.

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