A Ketchum woman faces a felony charge of domestic battery following an alleged incident that occurred during early morning hours Wednesday. In addition to the felony, she was charged with misdemeanor DUI.
Katherine Alexandra Brown, 26, could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the felony charge.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office-Ketchum Division Deputy Allen Compton, he and another officer responded to a possible domestic battery at the Crestview Apartments in Ketchum around 2:45 a.m. Once on the scene, Compton made contact with Brown, who was driving a Volkswagen Jetta pulling out of a parking spot. Brown said a man had hit her and put his arms around her neck trying to choke her. Officers noted no visible marks on her neck.
They made contact with the man, who said he and Brown had been dating on and off for several months, and that she was currently living with him. When officers entered the apartment where the alleged altercation took place, they noted that there were several items throughout the house that were broken and lying across the floor. The alleged victim told officers that the fight began when she became angry that he did not want to go to “dollar night” at a bar in Ketchum with her.
The affidavit states that the alleged victim claimed Brown punched him in the face and was throwing bottles at him, hitting him over the back of the head with one and hitting him in the face multiple times.
The alleged victim had a “cut on his forehead that was bleeding and had a swollen bottom lip that was bleeding,” the affidavit states. “[The alleged victim] also had scratches on his neck and a bite mark on the right side of his neck.”
After a field sobriety test, Brown was arrested on the felony and misdemeanor charges. At her initial appearance Wednesday afternoon, she pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing for the felony charge on Aug. 13.