Missoula Woman Charged With Assault With Weapon – Criminal Endangerment [AUDIO]
A Missoula woman, Amber Marie Tyler was arrested late Thursday night, April 3, and charged with assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment for running into her husband's vehicle with her car, while her two children were inside her vehicle.
Deputy Missoula County Attorney Shaun Donovan said the incident occurred in the parking lot of the Providence Center on North Orange Street just before 11 p.m.
"The victim, identified in court documents as Kenneth Webber, told police that his wife had crashed into him," Donovan said. "He was parked there, and he and his wife had been texting back and forth arguing about money, when she came racing across the parking lot and crashed into him. The victim said just prior to the collision, he saw that their two children, ages six and nine, were in the back seat of Tyler's jeep."
Donovan said the woman left the scene and was later arrested on Russell Street. She is being charged with three felonies.
"We've charged her with assault with a weapon for running her car into his, as he thought he would be seriously hurt or killed," Donovan said. "She is also being charged with two counts of felony criminal endangerment, one for each of the two children in her vehicle. The maximum penalties are 20 years for assault with a weapon, and 10 years for each of the criminal endangerment charges."
Donovan said he is asking Judge Karen Orzech for a high bail, due to other charges that Tyler is facing out of state.
She appeared via video from the Missoula County Jail before Judge Orzech on Friday afternoon.
Deputy Missoula County Attorney Shaun Donovan