- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A 22-year-old Gillette man is charged with threatening a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper and another motorist with a knife.

James Johnson was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and possession of a controlled substance. He did not enter a plea. His bail was set at $50,000 and he asked for a public defender.

Prosecutors say a trooper approached Johnson along Interstate 25 north of Casper on Monday because Johnson was having vehicle problems. Prosecutors say when the trooper told Johnson there was a warrant for his arrest, Johnson grabbed a knife and lunged at the trooper.

Johnson fled, stopped another motorist, demanded a ride and swung the knife at the driver. The driver and his passenger got out with the keys and Johnson was arrested.

Court records say officers found meth in Johnson’s truck.

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