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Officials say county inmate spat on deputies

Apr 16, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

A Moran man who was arrested last week in Riverton encountered more trouble with law enforcement this weekend after he reportedly spat on two deputies at the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander.

"We take that very seriously," Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said Tuesday, explaining that diseases can be transmitted through bodily fluids. "It's considered an assault."

He added that the suspect had become "unruly" during the incident, which was reported at about 6:56 p.m. Sunday. The case will be submitted to the Fremont County Attorney's Office for prosecution, but Lee said his agency deals with similar issues daily at the detention center.

"Time to time, we do have instances like this," he said.

Initial arrest

The inmate -- Kristopher Cody Simmons-Patrick, 27, of Moran -- was initially arrested April 9 after reportedly failing to return a truck he had taken for a "test drive" from Fremont Motors, 1601 N. Federal Blvd., Riverton.

According to reports, Simmons-Patrick had asked an employee at the dealership if he could take a white Ford F350 crew cab pickup truck for a drive that afternoon. A 33-year-old Riverton woman who was with him in the truck said he decided to extend the test drive indefinitely once they were on the road.

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