SUV crashes into house

An SUV sits in the entrance to a garage at 414 8th Street West near Terry Avenue on Thursday.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

A woman who police believe was driving drunk with children in the car when she crashed an SUV into a West End home Thursday appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Friday.

Katisha Latrae Brady, 26, faces one charge of felony criminal child endangerment and one misdemeanor charge of failure to give immediate notice of an accident. 

Court documents show that police believe Brady hit a traffic signal pole at Central Avenue and Moore Lane before she hit a parked car and fence before crashing into a house on Eighth Street West. 

A BPD traffic enforcement officer, Brandon Ihde, saw the damaged pole and continued down Central, where he spotted a vehicle stopped at a green arrow and straddling the center line, according to court documents. Brady was "slumped in the driver's seat," and Ihde saw the front fender of the SUV was damaged. 

Brady apparently then began driving down Eighth Street West and her vehicle began to veer toward oncoming traffic, at which point Ihde flashed his car's lights to prevent a crash. Brady's SUV "drifted off the west side of the road, struck a parked car and a fence, and then collided into the corner of a building on Terry Avenue and Eighth Street West," according to court documents. 

The collisions left the driver's side door of the vehicle broken. Ihde "did not observe any response from the vehicle," so he shattered the driver's side window and cut his hand and wrist in the process.

When he broke the window, Brady apparently woke up and tried to climb out of the window, Ihde said.

Ihde saw a 1-year-old child in a rear car seat and a 4-year-old child standing on a seat. Neither the children nor Brady were hurt in the crash. Both children were placed into emergency foster care by Child Protective Services.

Brady refused to give a breath or blood sample. She performed poorly on multiple field sobriety tests. A blood sample was taken after police got a search warrant by phone.

On Friday, Brady's bond was set at $25,000, and she was ordered to participate in an alcohol monitoring program should she be released. Brady was assigned a public defender and is scheduled to appear before District Court Judge Rod Souza on Jan. 10, 2018. 


Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.