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State releases call made before senator's arrest

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 07 2014 02:56:38 PM MST
JASON PRIEST
HELENA, Mont. -

The Montana Department of Justice has released a recording of a call to police made by the boyfriend of state Sen. Jason Priest's estranged wife soon before Priest's arrest.
    
The 45-year-old Red Lodge Republican has denied charges that he shoved Anna Priest, broke her boyfriend's rib and threw the Priests' 4-year-old daughter in a Feb. 1 encounter outside his home.
    
The recording of the non-emergency call to Red Lodge police by Jon Trapp was obtained by The Associated Press through a public-records request.
    
Trapp tells Officer Matthew Grieshop the Priests' daughter called her mother crying and saying her father cursed at her.
    
Trapp says Priest then cursed at his wife and told her to pick up her daughter.
    
Trapp says Anna Priest was concerned her husband might shoot them.