Charges filed against hitchhiker who shot himself, claimed to be victim of drive-by

A Montana prosecutor has filed charges against a hitchhiker who authorities say shot himself in the arm on the side of a remote highway then claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting.

The Valley County prosecutor's office on Thursday released court documents charging 39-year-old Ray Dolin of Julian, W.V., with tampering or fabricating physical evidence, false reports to law enforcement authorities and obstructing a police officer.

County Attorney Nickolas Murnion says in the documents that Dolin originally claimed the driver of a maroon pickup truck shot him on June 9 on the side of U.S. Highway 2 outside Glasgow.

The charging documents say Dolin later told investigators that he found a pretty spot on the highway and decided to kill himself but accidentally shot himself in the arm.