Woman accused of running over husband appears in court

2012-11-20T17:07:00Z 2012-11-21T14:03:08Z Woman accused of running over husband appears in courtBy GREG TUTTLE gtuttle@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Billings woman accused of running over her husband with a sport-utility vehicle appeared Tuesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.

Shawna Mae Smith, 34, appeared before Judge Larry Herman on felony charges of assault with a weapon and failing to remain at the scene of a serious-injury accident.

Herman set Smith's bond at $40,000 after a prosecutor said the woman has a misdemeanor criminal history that includes convictions for prostitution and sexual assault.

Smith was arrested Monday morning, a day after witnesses said she purposely drove a Chevrolet Tahoe onto a sidewalk and ran over her husband, 42-year-old Steve Furlong. He suffered a broken leg and other injuries. 

The incident happened Sunday at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Second Avenue South and South 39th Street. Several witnesses said they saw the woman driving the SUV next to a man who was walking on the sidewalk.

According to court records, one of the witnesses said the woman and the man appeared to be arguing. The woman then pulled the SUV into the intersection, backed up and "accelerated to the side of the road," striking the man, the witness said.

The woman got out of the SUV and walked away, the witness said.

Furlong later told officers that he and Smith are in the middle of a divorce and were arguing about their daughter, court records state. Smith wanted Furlong to get in the SUV, and then ran over him when he refused, he said.

Attempts by police to locate Smith on Sunday evening failed, although she called police that evening and said she wanted to turn herself in, court records state.

During the call, Smith allegedly said she wanted help because she just "snaps" at times, court records state.

Smith was arrested Monday morning at her residence.      

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