(MTN News-BILLINGS) A woman accused of ramming her estranged husband’s van and shooting him with bear spray at a Billings motel was charged Tuesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.
Emily Allison Powell, 35, who also has used the last name Krantwashl, was charged with felony assault with a weapon and misdemeanor counts of partner or family member assault, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to court records, Billings police were called to the Motel 6 on Midland Road at about 4:45 a.m. Monday. Motel employees reported that a guest in one of the rooms requested them to call police because he had been shot with bear spray.
When officers arrived they saw a man hanging out of a second story window gasping for air. The officers went to the room and removed him to be treated by medical personnel at the scene. The officers said the motel hallway stunk of bear spray, and oxygen masks had to be used by anyone using the hallway.
The man had red, swollen eyes, neck and face consistent with being hit by bear spray, court records state. He was also coughing and having a difficult time breathing.
The man told officers that he and Powell were married but getting divorced. They were staying at the motel in separate rooms, and he had tried to meet her to discuss legal paperwork. He said that’s when Powell drove at him, ramming his vehicle several times before he drove back to the Motel 6.
At the motel, he said, Powell followed him to his room and confronted him in the hallway where she sprayed him in the face with bear spray. The man said he ran into his room and was afraid to leave.
Powell was found hiding under some heavy machinery at a nearby business, court records state.
She allegedly told officers that she had gone to the motel to see a friend named Bill and had parked at a nearby motel because her estranged husband had been harassing her. She said her husband had blocked her in so she rammed “his stupid van.”
Powell said she went back to her motel room, but he kept harassing her by phone and banging on her door using vulgarities, court records state. She said she was tired “of his shit” and approached him in the hallway holding the bear spray behind her back. When she was close enough, she said, she began spraying him in the face.
“He’s lucky he’s not dead after all the shit he’s put me through,” she allegedly told officers.
Powell said after spraying the man she ran through a field and threw the bear spray in the snow.
While being booked into jail, officers allege they found 1.4 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe in her possession.