A Jerome resident faces a felony charge of domestic battery following an incident that allegedly occurred during the early morning of July 16 at the Wood River Inn in Hailey.

    According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Officer Jacy Baird, officers were called around 4:15 a.m. to the inn for a report of a verbal domestic dispute. Once on scene, officers found Amy Couch, 48, in the doorway of one of the rooms. Officers attempted to ask Couch questions multiple times, but she only kept repeating her name.

    “Amy was also low-key about the whole situation and didn’t appear to care that law enforcement was on scene speaking with her,” the affidavit states.

    Officers spoke with the alleged victim, Couch’s husband of 27 years, who said he and Couch were sleeping when Couch woke up and started “smashing him up against the bed,” and then “smash[ing] him up against the wall.” At that point the alleged victim got up from the bed.

    The alleged victim then began to head for the door when Couch “began to ‘rip his beard out.’” Couch also allegedly bit the alleged victim’s wrist, and officers noted “an approximate 1-inch gash on his left arm just above his wrist that was red and blue in color.” He also had red marks above his left eye.  

    Couch was arrested and taken into custody. This was law enforcement’s third interaction with Couch within a three-day period, according to the affidavit. On July 15, Hailey police officers were called to the Snow Bunny Drive-In where it was determined that Couch was “having an episode of some type of mental illness,” and her husband was trying to help her and encourage her to seek assistance from a medical professional.

    Couch is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to be bound over to District Court as a felony.