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Idaho man had police encounters before Mont. crash

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jan 27 2013 11:52:50 AM MST
Fatal Crash
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 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.