House GOP Leader Ends Up in Handcuffs after Truck Sale Gone Wrong

Updated: 01/10/2014 7:38 AM
Created: 01/09/2014 9:41 PM
By: Jay Kolls

House Republican leader Kurt Daudt, (R) Crown, ended up in handcuffs but says he was not arrested, even though court documents say otherwise.

Representative Daudt traveled to Montana with a friend last September to buy an old truck. Rep. Daudt tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "it was an unfortunate situation."

That unfortunate situation was Rep. Daudt and his friend both in handcuffs after the sale of the truck did not go well.

Rep. Daudt says the seller was trying to cheat him and his friend on the deal that was made with a down payment over the internet. Rep. Daudt says there was an argument over the sale and his friend "unbeknownst to me and without my permission went to my vehicle and retrieved a handgun and pulled it out because he felt threatened by the seller."

Rep. Daudt says it was his own gun, but not loaded. However, there were rounds in the magazine.

Rep. Daudt says he immediately tried to play peacemaker, but the seller's wife had already called authorities.

The Park County Attorney, in Livingston, Mont., in a criminal complaint filed against Daudt's friend says "both of them were arrested." Rep. Daudt says he was read his rights, handcuffed, but never arrested.

Rep. Daudt did not spend any time in jail and he was not charged with a crime. The criminal complaint says Rep. Daudt's friend "pointed the gun at the seller and his family including (minor) children."

Rep. Daudt's friend faces three felony charges including aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a weapon. Rep. Daudt calls the situation "unfortunate" but says he did nothing wrong and was trying to quiet the tense situation.

Rep. Daudt tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he was not trying to hide the situation even though he did not come forward or talk about the incident until five months after it happened.

See the extended interview with Rep. Daudt here.

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