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A Stevensville woman was charged with felony assault with a weapon and numerous misdemeanor charges after allegedly attacking her husband with a metal coat hanger as he attempted to keep her from driving while intoxicated.

Autumn Maple Rodne, 37, appeared earlier this week in Ravalli County justice court on the felony charge and misdemeanor counts of partner or family member assault, negligent vehicular assault, driving under the influence and obstructing a peace officer.

According to an affidavit filed by Ravalli County Deputy Attorney Angela Wetzsteon, sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Illinois Bench Road east of Stevensville to a report of a person driving while intoxicated on June 4.

Deputies had already been at the residence earlier that day for a disturbance. At that time, they allegedly noted that Rodne was already intoxicated.

Upon arrival, the deputies learned Rodne had returned home at about 2:30 p.m.

After informing Rodne that she was being arrested for DUI, she allegedly refused to allow an officer to handcuff her by pulling her arms apart from behind her back. After her eventual successful arrest, Rodne told officers her husband had assaulted her with a coat hanger and pulled her hair.

Rodne’s husband told a different story to the deputies.

He said Rodne was highly intoxicated and that he attempted to get her to stop driving by leaning into the open driver’s side door and reaching around the steering wheel. At that point, the man alleged that Rodne grabbed a wire coat hanger that had been bent and began trying to stab him in the face.

The affidavit said Rodne started the car, put it in reverse and attempted to leave while dragging her husband.

Another witness confirmed the chain of events, saying Rodne “was out of it” after finishing “another” bottle of vodka before the incident occurred.

Rodne was asked to perform the standardized field sobriety tests at the county detention center. She failed.

“On the walk and turn, she could not maintain her balance, start too soon, missed heel to toe, took the wrong number of steps, raised her arms and generally could not do the test as instructed,” the affidavit read. “On the one leg stand, the defendant (Rodne) put her foot down, raised her arms, repeated numbers, hopped and counted incorrectly.”

She also refused to submit a breath sample and claimed she wasn’t driving

Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey set bail at $5,000.


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