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Colorado man tased during West Yellowstone arrest

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Michael R. Salazar (MTN News) Michael R. Salazar (MTN News)

BOZEMAN - A Colorado man is behind bars facing multiple charges after he was tased while being arrested near West Yellowstone.

Michael R. Salazar, 41, was identified as a suspect for theft in Yellowstone National Park and unlawful use of credit cards in West Yellowstone, according to charging documents. 

When the vehicle Salazar was suspected of driving was located at a bakery in West Yellowstone, police located him walking along U.S. Highway 20. A Gallatin County sheriff's deputy and West Yellowstone Police officer approached Salazar, who reportedly admitted to using the credit card of another person without permission to purchase gas in West Yellowstone.

When told he was going to be placed under arrest, Salazar fled on foot. The deputy grabbed Salazar, who physically resisted and both fell to the ground. A single shot from a Taser was used to overcome the suspect.

Salazar was charged with driving a motor vehicle while revoked, driving with expired registration, driving with fictitious or altered display validation stickers, failure to carry proof of insurance, resisting arrest and criminal possession of dangerous drug paraphernalia.

He also had a warrant for failure to appear on a sexual assault charge in Colorado. Salazar had a charge of possession of a firearm of a convicted person, but that charge was dismissed.

Salazar pleaded not guilty to all charges and his next court hearing will be Dec. 6.

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