A Casper man pleaded not guilty to DUI with serious bodily injuries in connection with a June motorcycle crash that left a woman hospitalized for three days.

Charles V. Dawson entered the plea Thursday morning before Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking. Dawson appeared in the hearing free on bond.

DUI with serious bodily injury is punishable by up to 10 years behind bars, between $2,000 and $5,000 in fines or both.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Natrona County sheriff's deputies responded to a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Wyoming Highway 220 at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive.

A woman was found lying on the ground next to Dawson.

Dawson allegedly told deputies he only had one drink at the Alcova marina. However, according to the affidavit, Dawson performed poorly on a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer yielded a .119% BAC, court records say.

Dawson reportedly told investigators he came upon a stop sign too fast before sliding on a cattleguard leading up to the crash.

The woman was taken to Wyoming Medical Center and hospitalized for three days with three broken vertebrae, a broken tailbone, concussion and several cuts and bruises, court records say.

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