Billings woman Athea Elizabeth Laverty was arrested and charged with Criminal Child Endangerment and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.
According to Police report 18-62002 at about 5:00 p.m. Billings Police Officers Brown and Anglin were dispatched to what was described by the 911 dispatch center as a "hit and run."
A witness called in the accident and stated to the 911 dispatch center that they observed a green Ford Ranger with Idaho plates crash into a parked Ford Focus and then kept going.
The complainant was following the green Ford Ranger, while on the phone to the 911 dispatch Center.
The Ford Ranger drove into a Wendy's parking lot area and ran over a curb.
The male complainant lost sight of the Ford Ranger in the Altana Bank parking lot.
The male witness stated to dispatch that he observed a woman driver who was hitting a young male child who was sitting in the passenger seat.
When Billings Police Officers arrived on the scene, Officer Anglin states in his report, that he observed a woman who he later identified as Athea Elizabeth Laverty yelling at a small boy who was crying and standing near the back of the Ford Ranger by the tailgate.
Office Anglin states that he smelled an alcoholic odor and that he noticed that the woman was slurring her words while yelling at her (10) year old son, who police later identified as J.C.
Officer Anglin asked Laverty to stop yelling at her son.
Laverty just gave Officer Anglin a blank stare, then turned her Ford Ranger off and locked the doors.
Billings Police Officer Brown arrived on the scene to assist Officer Anglin. In his report he stated that he observed Laverty cussing, refusing to follow commands and being belligerent.
Officer Anglin after placing Laverty in the back of his patrol car, went and talked to J.C. who is a minor, without permission from the parent, spoke to her son in an attempt to get the little boy to incriminate his mother.
The little 10-year-old boy told Officer Anglin his mother came to pick him up from football practice and that he could tell that his mother had been drinking.
As Officer Anglin was talking to the 10-year-old boy his mother Laverty was yelling at her son J.C. to keep quiet and not to talk without her present.
Officer Anglin told Laverty to stop yelling at her son again. Laverty told Officer Anglin to "fuck off."
Officer Anglin actually should not have talked to the minor without an adult parent present or guardian or legal counsel. Officer Anglin must have missed that day of training at the Police Academy. But then again what does the public expect when their boss Chief Rich St. John is a corrupt dirty cop.
The boy continued to describe for Officer Anglin that his mother hit another vehicle, knocked a side mirror off and that he told his mother to stop, but his mother slapped him and yelled at him to "shut up."
Laverty was transported to the detention center and Officer Anglin tried to find the vehicle that Laverty allegedly hit but he could not locate the vehicle nor the side mirror described by the 10-year-old boy.
At the Detention Center Laverty was placed in a spit mask to prevent her from spitting on jail staff. Officer Brown applied for a warrant to draw Laverty's blood. Two vials of blood were taken and sent away to a crime lab for DUI testing.
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