Woman pleads guilty to taking deputy’s car

Billings, Montana (AP) October 2010
A 20-year-old Lodge Grass woman has pleaded guilty to driving off in a Yellowstone County deputy’s patrol car with the deputy’s drug dog in the back seat.

Kayla Roundstone pleaded guilty last week to theft for the April 5, 2009 incident. U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom scheduled sentencing for Jan. 19.

Prosecutors say the deputy had responded to a call of an injured man in a ditch on U.S. Highway 87 near Pryor Road on the Crow Indian Reservation.

The man said he had been assaulted by a group of people who had driven off. The group reportedly left Roundstone behind.

Prosecutors say while the deputy was tending to the man, Roundstone drove off in the patrol car. She was arrested about 30 miles away. Roundstone still faces trial on a drunken driving charge.