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Texan Arrested In Wyoming For Alleged Montana Car Theft

Wyoming Highway PatrolAuthorities say a Texas man who was driving a car stolen at gunpoint in Montana has been arrested after scuffling with a Wyoming State Trooper.

Highway Patrol Sergeant, Steven Townsend,  says the arrest followed a vehicle assist just north of Casper on Interstate 25 around 8am Monday .

” A trooper pulled in behind a vehicle. It appeared to be a motorist assist. The driver had apparently put in diesel fuel in this 1995 SAAB that runs on gasoline. It turns out that the vehicle was alleged to have been taken at gun point in Billings, Montana.”

Townsend says the vehicle had been taken on March 20th, and so apparently, 22-year-old Christopher Briggs, of Denison, Texas, had had it in his possession for the last month. Townsend says the Trooper was in the process of making the arrest when Briggs tried to resist.

“The gentleman decided that he didn’t want to be placed in a patrol car and tried to kick the trooper. They fell to the ground. The trooper got the gentleman back under control.”

Several passersby called 911 to report the struggle. Neither were injured in the scuffle. Townsend says Briggs faces charges of assault on a peace officer and possession of stolen property. He remains in custody in Casper.

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