Jamestown woman arrested, accused of assaulting North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper

Amanda Leavy was transported to the Stutsman County Jail.

JSSP Stutsman County Crime

A Jamestown woman was arrested on Monday, July 26, accused of assaulting a trooper with the North Dakota Highway Patrol at the Oriska Rest Area.

Amanda Leavy, 35, was transported to the Stutsman County Jail on multiple charges.

On Monday, a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper responded to a report of a reckless driver traveling westbound on Interstate 94 near Tower City. The vehicle was described as a tan Buick LeSabre with no registration displayed.

The trooper located the Buick parked at the westbound Oriska Rest Area at about 7:24 am. The driver, later learned to be Leavy, appeared to be passed out inside the running Buick.

The trooper was able to wake up the driver of the Buick and observed signs that Leavy was under the influence of methamphetamine. She refused to exit the vehicle and was placed under arrest.


After Leavy was placed under arrest, the trooper attempted to use force to remove her from the vehicle. She resisted arrest, was able to place the vehicle in reverse and began to accelerate in reverse, dragging the trooper, the patrol said.

The trooper was able to force the vehicle back into park and Leavy continued to resist the trooper, the patrol said. While Leavy was resisting, she attempted to disarm the trooper.

Two good Samaritans assisted the trooper in removing Leavy from the Buick and the trooper placed her in handcuffs. She was then secured in a patrol vehicle.

After taking Leavy into custody, it was learned the Buick had been stolen from Clay County, Minnesota, on July 5.

Leavy was arrested for misdemeanor offenses of driving under the influence, driving under suspension, false information and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She was also arrested for attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, all felonies.

Leavy was transported for minor injuries by the Barnes County ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Valley City. She was treated, released and transported to the Stutsman County Jail.

The trooper was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries at Mercy Hospital in Valley City and was released from the hospital.

The Valley City Police Department and Barnes County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incident.

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