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Driver Accused of Striking Reporter Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A Franklin County judge has ruled that the woman accused of striking an ABC 6/FOX 28 reporter with a car is not currently competent to stand trial, but believes she can become so with proper treatment.
Wednesday in a Columbus courtroom, Judge Stephen McIntosh ordered that Terresa Peters be hospitalized at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare for one year.
Peters was charged with felonious assault after allegedly striking reporter Steve Levine with a car in October as Levine approached her regarding the theft of packages from Columbus porches.
McIntosh based Wednesday's decision on a mental health evaluation of Peters, as well as her behavior during prior court appearances.
McIntosh believes Peters can become competent to stand trial within a year if she undergoes a proper course of treatment.
In past years, multiple charges related to violent crimes have been dismissed due to Peters's mental state, which authorities determined had prevented her from assisting in defense efforts.