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Feb 12, 2013 7:58 PM by Erin Schattauer (Bozeman)

Belgrade woman accused of DUI, hiding marijuana in child's pocket

Ami Stanley of Belgrade has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol with her 3-year-old daughter in the vehicle, and storing marijuana in the girl's pocket.

After her vehicle and a semi-truck collided on Saturday night on I-90, Stanley was sitting in a Montana Highway Patrol car along with her daughter.

MHP Trooper Michael Walrath says in court papers that he returned to his vehicle, where Stanley and her daughter were waiting, when he smelled alcohol coming from Stanley.

After speaking with witnesses, he returned to the patrol car and again smelled alcohol.

Stanley, 31, reportedly denied drinking alcohol when questioned by the trooper, and she was taken to the Belgrade Police Department to be investigated for driving under the influence of alcohol.

When they arrived at the Belgrade Police Department, Stanley was taken into a DUI processing room, while her daughter waited with an officer.

While Stanley was in the room with the trooper, the officer, who had been waiting with her daughter, entered the room and handed the trooper a small plastic container containing what appeared to be marijuana, court papers state.

The officer said the girl gave it to him and said it belonged to her mother. "She keeps it in my pocket all the time so she won't lose it," the girl told police, according to court papers.

Stanley is charged with DUI, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.

She appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court this morning and pleaded not guilty. She was released on her own recognizance.

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