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State senator from Red Lodge arrested


January 31, 2014

BILLINGS (AP) — State Sen. Jason Priest of Red Lodge has been taken into custody on suspicion of partner or family assault and resisting arrest.

The Yellowstone County Detention Facility's website lists the 45-year-old Republican lawmaker as having been booked into jail on Saturday.

His bond is set at $335. A dispatcher at the jail said he was still in custody Sunday afternoon.

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder says he has no details about Priest's arrests and referred questions to Red Lodge police.

A dispatcher said Red Lodge Police Chief Richard Pringle was unavailable for comment until Monday.

Messages left by The Associated Press on Sunday on Priest's home phone and his district office in Red Lodge weren't returned.

Priest was elected in 2010 to a four-year term.


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