Idaho man had police encounters before fatal Montana crash

2013-01-27T13:15:00Z 2013-01-27T22:16:04Z Idaho man had police encounters before fatal Montana crashThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 27, 2013 1:15 pm  • 

SANDPOINT, Idaho — 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 said 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.

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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