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The Wibaux County Attorney has pleaded not guilty to obstructing a peace officer after Billings Police allegedly used a stun gun on him for resisting arrest at a downtown bar last week.

Officers arrived at the Montana Brewing Company the night of Nov. 27 after an employee called police to report a man causing a disturbance and refusing to leave, according to charging documents.

Ronald Efta, who has served for the past 38 years as the top prosecutor in the small county east of Glendive, was allegedly “screaming across the bar at employees” when officers arrived.

When he was told to leave, he “became upset and wanted to know who had called police about his behavior,” the affidavit states. When officers began to escort him out of the bar, Efta tensed up and began to pull his arms away from them. Officers then "directed (him) to the ground,” according to the affidavit.

“The defendant still continued to actively resist officers’ attempt to place him into handcuffs,” the charges state. “Due to the defendant’s aggressive behavior toward officers, a Taser was deployed and the defendant was Tased.”

After reinforcements arrived, Efta was eventually handcuffed and taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Reached by phone Thursday, he declined to comment on the charges. Obstructing a peace officer is a misdemeanor.

Efta has served as the Wibaux County Attorney since 1979, according to the Wibaux County Clerk and Recorder's office.


Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.