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Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend while on drugs appears in court

Posted at 2:11 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 18:34:40-05

BOZEMAN – Amanda Gale, 22, of Bellingham, Washington, appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday to face charges of assault with a weapon and obstructing a peace officer.

Her bail was set at $20,000.

According to court documents, Gale and her boyfriend of 9 months took LSD together at a Gallatin Gateway residence, after which Gale started having a “bad trip”.

She allegedly stabbed her boyfriend as he was trying to comfort her, then left the residence to seek help. Deputies responding to the incident reported finding her in the vehicle of a passing motorist on Gallatin Road.

When Gale was taken into custody and placed into a Gallatin County Sheriff patrol vehicle, she allegedly began kicking the windows from inside. Court documents state multiple officers were required to de-escalate her.

Gale was transported to the Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, where she was read her rights and interviewed. After acknowledging that she understood her rights, she reportedly admitted stabbing her boyfriend near his heart and said she did “what she had to do.”

Gale’s next court appearance is set for Jan. 25 in Gallatin County District Court.

(Dec. 29, 2018) GALLATIN COUNTY, Mont. – The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office said in a media release that a woman reportedly stabbed her boyfriend in the chest on Friday in the Gallatin Canyon.

According to the media release:

On Friday, December 28, 2018, at about 1:45 PM, deputies were called to a residence off Highway 191 near the Lava Lake trail head. The caller reported that a person had been stabbed in the chest.

The caller advised dispatchers that the occupants of the residence had been using illegal drugs and the suspect had possibly become paranoid that the others were going to harm her. Deputies learned that the suspect had wanted to leave the residence and the other occupants stated that they could not drive due to their recent drug use. The woman’s boyfriend attempted to comfort her and when he approached her, she used a folding knife to stab him once, in the upper chest area.

The woman then fled the residence and flagged down a passing motorist. When deputies arrived, they located the woman in the motorist’s vehicle alongside the roadway. The woman had the knife with her and was taken into custody and placed in the back seat of a patrol vehicle.

One deputy stayed with the woman while others went to the residence to locate and assist the victim. At this time, the woman began to kick at the windows of the patrol vehicle. When the deputy opened the door to attempt to restrain her further, she kicked at the deputy and was able to exit the vehicle. Deputies who were attempting to assist the victim had to return to the roadway and assist in restraining the woman.

The victim was transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening injury. The suspect was arrested and charged with Felony Assault with a Weapon and misdemeanor Obstructing a Peace Officer.