Police arrest woman suspected of hitting ex-husband with SUV

2012-11-19T09:17:00Z 2012-11-19T20:52:04Z Police arrest woman suspected of hitting ex-husband with SUVBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Police on Monday morning arrested a woman suspected of intentionally hitting her ex-husband with a sport-utility vehicle on the South Side on Sunday and then running away.

Billings Police Lt. Kevin Iffland said officers found Shawna Mae Smith, 34, at her home at 206 S. 38th St. at 11:11 a.m. and arrested her without incident.

She was booked into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on suspicion of aggravated assault with permanent or life-threatening injuries and leaving the scene of a serious-injury accident.

Police requested a warrant for Smith's arrest Monday morning.

At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the intersection of Second Avenue South and South 39th Street on a report that a man had been hit by a Chevrolet Tahoe and that the SUV's driver, identified as Smith, had fled.

Witnesses told police that they saw a woman driving and yelling at a man as he walked along the sidewalk. When he turned around to walk away, the woman drove the Tahoe over the curb and struck the man at the intersection's northwest corner, Sgt. Scott Conrad said in a news release.

The SUV continued north and onto South 39th before the driver abandoned it and ran off before emergency crews arrived.

Iffland said the man, 42-year-old Steve Furlong, and Smith used to be married. An ambulance took Furlong to Billings Clinic, where a hospital spokeswoman said he remained in fair condition Monday.

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