Laurel assault

A Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputy takes a man into custody after he pointed a gun at two neighbors on Lance Lane near Laurel on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

A man has been charged after witnesses say that while using a wheelchair he pointed a rifle at a passing car in Laurel Saturday.

John David Vigesaa, 52, is charged with felony assault with a weapon. He appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Tuesday and is being held on a $3,500 bond.

According to charges, Vigesaa told sheriff’s deputies he was going to get the mail but wanted to know what it was like to be disabled, so he took a wheelchair. He is able to walk.

Witnesses said they were driving down Lance Lane in Laurel when they saw Vigesaa sitting in the road in a wheelchair, aiming a rifle at them. The car reversed and called law enforcement.

Responding sheriff’s deputies found that the gun was not loaded and Vigesaa had no ammunition on him. Vigesaa took a preliminary breath test that registered a 0.283 alcohol content, charges state, which is more than three times the legal limit.

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Public safety reporter for the Billings Gazette.