Assault and kidnapping charges filed against West Point man

Friday , April 05, 2013 - 11:06 PM

WEST POINT — A 32-year-old man is accused of holding his girlfriend against her will and hitting her while driving his truck from West Point to Salt Lake City.

The Davis County Attorney’s Office filed kidnapping and assault charges against Travis Brett Kelson, of West Point, on Thursday. He was booked and released from the Davis County Jail, after posting a $10,000 bail.

According to court documents, Kelson and his girlfriend had an argument at their home on March 23.

Kelson “started to choke her (and) placed his elbow on her throat,” according to the document. The two then calmed down and the woman agreed to go with Kelson in his truck.

He then “accused his girlfriend of cheating on him,” according to the document.

She told Kelson to pull over and let her out, but he refused and “ran stop signs and red lights to avoid having to stop the truck,” according to the document.

Kelson got on Interstate 15 and still refused to let the woman out of his truck, striking her several times and pulling her hair, according to the document.

She was able to get out of the truck in Salt Lake and called police, said Davis County Sheriff’s Sgt. Susan Poulsen.

A Davis County sheriff’s deputy drove to Salt Lake and gave the woman a ride back to her home in West Point.

Poulsen said officers have not been called to the home before and the woman did not need to be hospitalized.

Kelson’s first court appearance is set for April 17 in 2nd District Court in Farmington.

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