The Billings Gazette reports that a Montana Highway Patrol trooper in Great Falls faces a domestic abuse charge after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck in an attempt to keep her from leaving a home. The Great Falls Tribune corroborated the reports Trooper Mike George Flood was cited with partner family member assault after the alleged incident was reported on Tuesday in Great Falls. No listed telephone number could be found to reach Flood.

A police report states the woman told officers Flood became angry with her for discussing a personal matter about him with someone else. The woman says she fled and spent the night in her car before going to police the next day. She told officers Flood had been violent on another occasion but she didn’t report it for fear of harming his career.