Michael George Flood has been charged with partner/family member assault (PFMA) in Great Falls.
Flood is a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol.
A probable cause affidavit says that at about 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9th, Flood became upset that the alleged victim in the case "speaks to others about his personal business."
The affidavit says that the woman did not want to argue, so she left the room and went to the bedroom. Flood followed her, and she tried to duck beneath his extended arm. She alleges that Flood then grabbed her neck, causing her to fall. The woman went into the living room, where she says Flood again confronted her and grabbed her by the neck with both hands. The woman then left the house.
The woman later told police that there had been previous incidents of physical violence, but she was reluctant to report them because she did not want to cause problems with Flood's career.
She also told police that in an incident about a month ago, Flood caused injury to her thumb, requiring her to wear a cast.
Flood has pleaded not guilty to the charge. The next court hearing in the case is scheduled for March.
The Montana Highway Patrol said in an email to MTN News: "The MHP is aware of the allegations made against Trooper Flood. Upon MHP’s awareness of the incident, Trooper Flood was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The case is under the jurisdiction of the Great Falls Police Department."
NOTE: Some people have criticized MTN News for publishing this article, and for stating that Flood is an MHP trooper. The criticism says that a person's place of employment or job is rarely mentioned in similar articles about criminal charges.
Our response: people in certain positions - such as law enforcement, military personnel, and elected officials - are generally held to higher standards and are subject to greater public scrutiny.
Other recent examples include the PFMA charge against Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards; the assault by (then-candidate, now US Representative) Greg Gianforte against a reporter; and a PFMA charge against Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta.