A Craig resident and Moffat County employee was arrested early New Year’s Day following an alleged domestic dispute with her husband.
Kelly Patterson, 42, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with third degree assault and domestic violence, both misdemeanors.
Patterson, who is the coordinator/case manager for the Youth Services Department of Moffat County, was released Wednesday from Moffat County Jail on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond.
Patterson has been ordered by Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner to vacate the home of the victim, her husband, in the 400 block of Sandrock Drive, and to refrain from possessing or consuming alcohol and controlled substances, among others.
According to the warrantless arrest affidavit, at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday Patterson’s husband called Colorado State Patrol dispatch to report Patterson was out of control, had physically assaulted him, and was about to destroy his motorcycle parked in the garage of their home.
The alleged dispute was a carryover from earlier that night when Patterson accused her husband of having a girlfriend while the couple attended a New Year’s Eve celebration at a friend’s house.
Patterson’s husband left the party after the initial argument, the affidavit states, but the alleged dispute continued sometime later when Patterson returned home and confronted her husband about having a girlfriend.
She then punched her husband behind the left ear, and continued to slap and scratch him, according to the affidavit.
When Craig Police Department officers arrived at the scene they first separately interviewed Patterson’s husband and a male friend who had been staying with the couple for about a week.
Though Patterson admitted to having a verbal argument with her husband during an initial interview with law enforcement officers, she denied any physical fighting had taken place, the affidavit states.
Patterson was taken into custody at about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday and booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third degree assault and domestic violence.
Patterson’s position is hired by the Moffat County Commission. Commissioner Tom Mathers said Thursday he was not aware of the incident, but would investigate the matter to determine whether Patterson’s arrest is in violation of the county’s employee code of conduct.
Patterson is scheduled to appear for an advisement at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 29 in county court.
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.