Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Hailey man faces kidnapping charge

: Lincoln County files battery charge for alleged beating

Express Staff Writer

Kelly David Brace

A Hailey man faces preliminary hearings in Blaine and Lincoln counties today for allegedly refusing to let his girlfriend out of his car and driving her to a remote area and beating her.

Kelly David Brace, 46, has been charged with felony second-degree kidnapping in Blaine County and with felony eluding and misdemeanor domestic violence in Lincoln County. He was arrested by Blaine County sheriff's officers on July 17 and is currently free on $10,000 bail.

According to "probable cause affidavits" from Blaine County and city of Shoshone police officers, Brace and his live-in girlfriend, Angela Strolberg-Gibson, were driving on July 8 from Hailey to Buhl when an argument started.

"When they got south of Bellevue, Kelly began driving in a reckless manner," alleges an affidavit from Blaine County deputy James Shaw. "He sped up past 70 mph. Angela repeatedly asked to be let out and Kelly refused."

The affidavits allege Brace continued to drive at high speeds. Once in Lincoln County, the Shaw affidavit alleges, Brace turned onto a secluded road, where he stopped the car and began to batter Strolberg-Gibson.

Shoshone Police Sgt. Jon Daubner wrote that Strolberg-Gibson reported the incident after someone told him an injured woman was in a restroom at Cenex in Shoshone. Daubner reported that Brace, who was waiting outside in the car, fled from officers after they tried to question him.

A high-speed chase ensued with speeds in excess of 100 mph, Daubner reported, until officers lost contact with Brace in the Dietrich area.

Shaw and Daubner reported that Strolberg-Gibson was treated for two broken ribs, a punctured lung and several less serious injuries at Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls.

Brace has previous convictions for game poaching. He pleaded guilty in 1998 to wasting an elk, illegal possession of an elk and illegal possession of a deer. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail with release for work, fined $3,000 and lost his hunting privileges for nine years.

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