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Woman, Pit Bull Dog Attack Highway Patrol Trooper

Washington woman allegedly swiped at officer with hunting knife

MISSOULA — Montana Highway Patrol troopers used a stun gun on a pit bull and a Washington state woman after the dog bit an officer in the face during a weekend traffic stop.

Iola Johnston made an initial appearance in Justice Court Tuesday on charges of assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest. Her bail was set at $30,000.

Court records say Trooper Dell Aman and Sgt. Derek Brown arrested Erik Wilkins on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop Sunday and then removed weapons and drug paraphernalia from his van. Officers say his passenger, Johnston, swiped at Brown with a hunting knife.

While Aman was handcuffing Johnston, the pit bull bit his face. Court records say Brown used his stun gun on the dog.

The pit bull then attacked Brown as he tried to handcuff Johnston.