Remote trial for park speedster set for Tuesday

JACKSON (WNE) —A trial will be held remotely on Tuesday for a speedster facing 10 federal charges after he was caught driving 132 mph in Grand Teton National Park.

Jessie James Perry, 37, has an Idaho license but a Jackson address. His trial will be held over Zoom at 9:30 a.m.

The charges against Perry include 10 misdemeanors: reckless driving, failure to display a license plate, having an open alcoholic container, speeding, careless operation, driving under the influence, having expired temporary license permits, attempting to elude police officers, driving with a suspended license and lack of insurance coverage.

Eight charges will be dismissed at sentencing, according to a July 5 document. 

The sole charge at issue in the trial will be the count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers.

Perry is accused of driving a maximum speed of 132 mph near Moose on Highway 89/26/191, the park’s main thoroughfare, on March 27. The speed limit on the road is 55 mph during the day and 45 at night.

In a July 5 agreement reached between the parties, Perry pled guilty to the DUI charge. That charge and attempting to elude police officers are misdemeanors with a maximum fine of $5,000 and a maximum six months imprisonment.

Two rangers — Case Martin and Brett Timm — are expected to testify on behalf of the United States, along with Perry’s girlfriend, who was present at the time of the traffic stop. Bodycam footage from the stop and a photo showing a vodka bottle in Perry’s center console are listed on the exhibit list submitted by Vierbuchen.