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Troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol arrested a Texas man Tuesday morning after they found him on the side of Interstate 25 in a stolen car that he had filled up with the wrong kind of fuel.

According to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Townsend, a trooper pulled in behind a Saab station wagon on I-25 about two miles north of Casper, Wyo, at about 8 a.m.

"Apparently, the driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Christopher N. Briggs, had mistakenly put diesel fuel in the car instead of regular gasoline," Townsend wrote.

The Saab, which had Montana license plates, was taken at gunpoint from a motorist in Billings during a strong-armed robbery on March 20, the highway patrol said in the news release.

The trooper arrested Briggs and put him in handcuffs. Briggs then tried to kick the trooper as he put him in the patrol car, Townsend said.

He said both men fell to the ground and struggled before the trooper regained control over Briggs.

Neither man was injured in the struggle. Briggs, of Denison, Texas, faces a felony charge in Wyoming of assault on a peace officer and possession of stolen property, Townsend said.

Billings Police Sgt. Scott Conrad said that on the evening of March 20, a man on the 500 block of Clark Avenue reported that somebody had taken his car at gunpoint.

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The man told police that two men crossed the street and said they needed a ride. When the man said no, one of the men pulled out a revolver and demanded the car keys, Conrad said.

The car's owner gave the men the keys and they left in the car.

It wasn't immediately clear if Briggs will face charges in relation to the Billings incident.

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Contact Zach Benoit at zbenoit@billingsgazette.com or 657-1357.

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