Woman who grabbed deputys pistol acquitted committed
A Vancouver woman who allegedly grabbed at a sheriff’s deputy’s holstered pistol during a traffic stop, causing it to fire, was acquitted of multiple assault charges after a judge found her not guilty by reason of insanity.Jessica D. Farias was facing first-degree assault with a firearm enhancement, hit-and-run injury accident, attempting to elude, three counts of attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and second-degree assault. In addition to struggling with the deputy, she was accused of attempting to run down a convenience store clerk earlier that same day.Doctors for both the prosecution and defense found that Farias, 33, was suffering from a mental health problem leading up to and on the day the incidents occurred. They determined that she could not distinguish right from wrong, court records show. The doctors said she poses a “substantial danger” to the community; it’s likely she will commit other crimes that would jeopardize people’s safety, court records state.As a result, Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier ruled Jan. 5 that Farias was legally insane at the time of the crimes and committed her to Western State Hospital, according to court documents. Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said Tuesday that Farias will be assessed at the hospital and can potentially be held there for life, based on the first-degree assault charge.Several 911 callers reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2015 that a light blue Acura coupe was being driven recklessly on Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue. The car reportedly drove through red lights, weaved in and out of traffic, drove in circles in the middle of the road and caused at least three separate crashes, a probable cause affidavit states. The driver was later identified by law enforcement as Farias.