Idaho Man Had Police Encounters Before Fatal Montana Crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho Man Had Police Encounters Before Fatal Montana Crash

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SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - Police in northern Idaho say a Sandpoint man appears to have been having a mental health crises in the months leading up to a fatal crash in southwestern Montana.
    
The Montana Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Christopher M. Kepler was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 shortly after noon on Jan. 8 when his sport utility vehicle struck a pickup truck just west of Garrison. The collision killed 57-year-old Patricia Graves and injured her husband.
    
Kepler is charged with negligent homicide and criminal endangerment, and is being held at the Powell County Jail with bail set at $500,000.
    
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports (http://bit.ly/121RG5s) Kepler was taken into protective custody by authorities in northern Idaho in early November when they determined he was having a mental health episode. He was later released.
    
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Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com

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