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Ryan Bailey

Police arrested a Casper man Saturday after his mother told officers he had choked and punched her when she knocked a drink out of his hand.

Ryan Bailey, 39, had gone with his mother to visit his father on Saturday, according to court documents. When the two left in an SUV, they stopped for food, and Bailey went into a restaurant to place an order.

While Bailey was in the sandwich shop, his mother took a drink from his soda cup and tasted alcohol, the documents state she told police. Bailey returned to the vehicle, where his mother confronted him.

Bailey had been sober before he “fell off the wagon,” the documents state the mother told police.

The woman tried to drop Bailey at various locations around town, but he refused. When he again drank from the cup, she knocked it from his hand, the documents state.

Bailey then slapped his mother, knocking the glasses from her face, court documents state. He choked her for about three seconds, she said. She then pushed his hand away.

When he exited the SUV, she tried to lock him out, the documents state. Bailey held the window down to keep his mother from closing the it, the woman told police.

A bystander told police she saw Bailey punch his mother about five times, according to the documents.

In a police interview, Bailey said he had argued with his mother about his drinking. He denied hitting her, according to the documents.

When Bailey was booked into Natrona County Detention Center, his blood-alcohol content registered 0.196, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

He remained in jail Monday morning and was expected to appear in court for an initial appearance Monday afternoon.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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