Rollins Woman Pleads Guilty to Criminal Endangerment

By Beacon Staff

A 28-year-old Rollins woman has pleaded guilty to criminal endangerment and drunken driving for leading officers on a high-speed chase that ended in a head-on crash with a Flathead County vehicle.

Emily Woodman entered her plea Thursday in District Court in Kalispell in an agreement that calls for a 10-year sentence with the Department of Corrections with five suspended.

Prosecutors say Woodman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent — twice the legal limit — as she fled from law officers during a late-night chase through Kalispell on Jan. 6. The chase ended with a crash that caused $14,000 in damage to a sport utility vehicle being driven by Sgt. Jim Browder. Another county patrol vehicle sustained $3,500 in damage.

Neither Browder nor Woodman sustained major injuries.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 17.