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Texas Man Charged In Highway Patrol Assault [AUDIO]

A Wyoming judge has ordered a Texas man to stand trial on charges of kicking a Wyoming State Trooper in the face during a traffic stop north of Casper.

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Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Briggs of Denison, Texas, is charged with assault on a police officer and possession of stolen property.

The incident occurred following a driver assist on Interstate 25 on April 19th.  The Casper Star Tribune reports that during a preliminary hearing Thursday the Highway Patrol Trooper testified Briggs told him the engine was struggling, because he inadvertently filled the tank with diesel.

A records check indicated the car was stolen out of Billings, Montana. The trooper then arrested and handcuffed Briggs. The officer says they scuffled and that Briggs kicked him in the face.

A judge ruled Thursday the evidence is sufficient for Briggs to go to trial.

If convicted, he could face more than 10 years behind bars.

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