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A city of Billings animal control officer has been charged with three misdemeanor offenses following his arrest last month when officers responded to a report of a man waving a gun from of a city-owned vehicle.

Chase James Blaylock, 30, is charged in Billings Municipal Court with criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of toxic substances and driving under the influence of a drug.

Blaylock did not appear for arraignment as scheduled on Tuesday. The hearing has been rescheduled for June 4.

The reason for Blaylock's absence at arraignment is not clear from court records. It is also unclear if Blaylock is being represented by an attorney.

Blaylock was arrested April 29 just after noon when police officers were sent to check on reports of a man driving a city animal control vehicle and displaying a handgun.

An officer located the vehicle on Stone Street, where it pulled into the driveway of a residence. Three officers took Blaylock, who was wearing a bullet protection vest, into custody at gunpoint, according to court records.

Blaylock told the officers that he had marijuana and pipes in his possession, court records state. Officers said they located two packages of a synthetic drug known as "spice" in Blaylock's sock.

Two small metal pipes, bullets and an empty handgun magazine were found in Blaylock's pants pockets, the officers said.

An unloaded semi-automatic Taurus Millennium handgun was found on the dash of the vehicle, according to the officers.

Blaylock "was making odd statements about demons and God speaking to him," according to an affidavit filed by one of the officers.

Blaylock was arrested and allegedly admitted later to ingesting the synthetic drug and "narcotic analgesics," the affidavit states. He was later released from the county jail after posting bond of $1,860.  

Blaylock was placed on paid administrative leave the day of his arrest. On Thursday, Chief Rich St. John said Blaylock remains on paid leave pending an internal investigation. 



State courts reporter for the Billings Gazette.