The Belgrade Public Works Director was arrested for partner or family member assault Sunday night after quarrelling with his wife and pushing her out of his vehicle.
Steve Brian Klotz, 45, was arrested around 7 p.m. Sunday after someone called 911 to report a couple was fighting in the cab of a silver Ford F350 pickup.
Deputy Sheriff Seth Gibson responded to the location of the domestic dispute on Nelson and Frontage Roads. While en route to the dispute, 911 dispatchers notified Gibson that a man and woman had exited the truck and the male was “throwing the female around on the ground and into the ditch,” court documents state.
When Gibson got to the scene, the pickup truck had disappeared and a woman was walking down Nelson Road.
The woman was visibly upset.
“She had tears running down her face. Her jacket was torn and there were grass stains on her right pant leg,” Gibson wrote in his report.
The woman was identified as Steve Klotz’ wife. Court records indicate the two have been married since 2010. The victim told Gibson that her husband threw her out of his truck and then grabbed her by the shoulders and arms and shoulders and tossed her around.
Klotz’ wife told Deputy Gibson that her right leg hurt and she would “probably have bruises tomorrow,” charging documents say. Gibson asked the victim if she was scared for her safety. The woman replied that she was.
The deputy also asked if Klotz had been physical with her in the past. The victim stated that Klotz had been physical with her “a few times” before.
The Belgrade Police Department located Klotz at a Town Pump gas station in town. Klotz admitted to Gibson that he pushed his wife out of his truck.
“Steve also stated that he pushed her and she fell down, she said that her arm was hurt,” Gibson wrote.
Klotz was arrested for partner or family member assault and taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center to be held for a minimum of 24 hours, per PFMA statute. On Monday morning, Klotz appeared before Justice Court Judge Bryan Adams.
Klotz pleaded not guilty to the PFMA charge. Deputy County Attorney James Greenbaum asked Adams to set bond for Klotz at $1,000.
“The affidavit indicates this is not the first kind of this behavior,” Greenbaum told Judge Adams.
Greenbaum said there was no indication that alcohol was involved in the altercation.
Adams released Klotz on his own recognizance because of his significant community ties and non-existent criminal history.
“I don’t find you a threat to the community in any way, shape or form,” Adams told Klotz.
An omnibus hearing for Klotz is scheduled for June 26.