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A Hamilton woman allegedly used her hatchet to break into a home in the middle of the night and then called authorities to say she’d done so because she was lost.

Merilee Lee Watne, 36, appeared Monday before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey on felony counts of burglary and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

An affidavit filed in the case said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 550 Stacey Lane following a report of an alarm at the property.

While en route, the deputies learned that Watne had called to report she had broken into the home because she was “cold and lost.”

During initial questioning, Watne’s speech was slurred.

She denied having any weapons. During a search, the officer located a hard object in her jacket pocket, which Watne told him was “probably a felony.”

The object was determined to be a methamphetamine pipe.

A razor knife was found in her purse. A hatchet was on the kitchen table. Her boots on the floor contained a bag of marijuana and a jar of a white powdery substance.

The stovetop in the kitchen was turned on. A door had a broken window and an open package was discovered on the front porch

After complaining of being hypothermic, Watne was transported to the hospital.

At the hospital, Watne told officers that she left her home on Eggers Lane at about 3 a.m. That address is a little over two miles from where she was found.

Watne allegedly said she was cold and decided to use her hatchet to gain access into the Stacey Lane property. She admitted to opening the package.

Watne allegedly told the officer she had used methamphetamine a couple of days earlier.

At the detention center, officers found prescription medicine on the woman and a snorting straw. The pipe tested positive for methamphetamine.

Watne was also charged with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal mischief, and theft, all misdemeanors.

Bailey set bail at $25,000.






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