A 30-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday after allegedly ramming her car into a self-storage tenant’s vehicle at Murphy Street Mini Storage in Missoula, Mont. The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. An unidentified man called police claiming Amber Marie Silva was preventing him from leaving the storage property by blocking his Ford SUV with her Chevrolet Cavalier. By the time police arrived, a collision between the two vehicles had occurred, according to the source.
The man told investigators he wanted to remove items from his storage unit and asked Silva to bring him the key. After she delivered the key to the property, she left the premises only to return about 15 minutes later, according to a court affidavit. When Silva blocked the man from leaving, he called police. He then tried to exit by driving around the building in the opposite direction, only to be struck on the passenger side of his vehicle by Silva’s car.
The man had his 5-year-old daughter in a car seat in the front passenger seat. The girl told police she “bonked” her head but was otherwise uninjured.
Silva told police she believed the man was removing some of her belongings from the unit and admitted to blocking him from leaving. She also said she knew the toddler was in the car but indicated the collision was unintentional. When the man drove his car forward, she lost control of her vehicle and struck his SUV, Silva said.
Police at the scene noted Silva’s car sustained “significant” damage to her front bumper, which had maroon paint transfer on it from the man’s SUV.
Silva was charged with two felony counts of criminal endangerment and one count of unlawful restraint. She’s being held on a $100,585 bond.