Posted: Apr 29, 2013 7:16 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS - An off-duty animal control officer was arrested just after noon Monday by Billings police.
According to a press release from Billings Police Chief Rich St. John, officers received reports of a man driving a City Animal Control vehicle, waving a gun out the window.
Officers located the ACO vehicle in the area of 4th Avenue South; that's when officers discovered ACO Chase Blaylock was behind the wheel.
Blaylock was arrested without incident and faces allegations of possessing drug paraphernalia and suspicion of impaired driving, Chief St. John stated in the release.
During an interview Monday afternoon, Chief St. John said there have been some minor discipline issues with Blaylock in the past.
Investigating officers are trying to figure out the reason behind Blaylock's actions. "You know, we have some sort of intoxicant on board and we know that a lot of times, will cloud peoples judgement. Again, I don't know all the details of this. All I can tell you is that this event did take place, our officers acted quickly, appropriately and took prudent action in this case," Chief St. John said.
The ACO vehicle was undamaged and officers located the handgun. Upon further investigation, it was discovered Blaylock was waving around his personally owned revolver.
Officer Blaylock was placed on administrative leave. Chief St. John says further criminal and administrative investigations will follow.