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Kids safe after endangering incident; Taser used

Feb 21, 2013 - From staff reports

The case involved fleeing the scene, drunken driving, and fist fights with police.

Three Riverton residents were arrested last week reportedly after refusing to return two children they were watching.

Charges stemming from the incident include child endangering, driving under the influence, and interfering with police, among others.

The children, ages 3 and 5, were unharmed in the incident, which began at about 11 p.m. Thursday when their father called police to report that his children were in a vehicle with an intoxicated driver.

"(He) indicated that two other men and the mother of his children were driving around town intoxicated with his two young children," Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said in a press release.

According to initial reports, the father has custody of the children but was allowing their mother to babysit them while he was at work.

Deputy Larry Prince reportedly located the suspect vehicle, a silver Dodge Durango, about 25 minutes later near the A & T mobile home village north of Riverton. Prince reported that the vehicle appeared to have been in a recent collision and was being driven erratically. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but Prince said it continued toward a residence on Arapahoe Drive.

When the vehicle stopped, Prince said the male occupants attempted to flee the area. The alleged driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Larry Schaller of Riverton, was struck by a Taser, after which he reportedly engaged in a fist fight with a Riverton Police Department officer. Passenger Brian Cousineau, 26, of Riverton, reportedly resisted arrest and fought with officers on the ground who were attempting to arrest him for an outstanding warrant. The mother of the children, 23-year-old Ashley Laforme of Riverton, also reportedly resisted arrest and fought with officers.

She was arrested on two counts of child endangering and for interference with police. Officials said Laforme's blood-alcohol content was recorded at .32.

Cousineau, whose BAC reportedly read .13, was arrested for interference with police and on a warrant for revocation of probation, and Schaller was arrested for driving under the influence, simple assault, interference with police, reckless driving, fleeing/attempting to elude, no insurance, and duty to stop property damage. Schaller's BAC was recorded at .18.

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