A Casper man who is accused of ramming a sheriff’s vehicle will undergo another mental evaluation, Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking decided Thursday.
David Stephen Briones III was charged in February with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of felony interference with a peace officer and a felony count of property destruction. Prosecutors say he rammed a Natrona County Sheriff’s Office vehicle in a Burger King drive-through.
Briones pleaded not guilty by reason of mental deficiency this summer.
Prosecutor Dan Itzen asked the judge on Thursday to have Briones’s mental condition evaluated, and Briones’s public defender echoed the request.
After Wilking agreed to ask the state hospital to evaluate whether Briones is a risk to himself or others, defense attorney Curtis Cheney asked the judge to reduce his client’s bond.
Briones had his bond revoked for an unspecified failure to comply with bond conditions after spending three-and-a-half months free, Wilking said Thursday.
Cheney told the judge that Briones should be allowed to walk free on his own recognizance so he could seek mental-health and drug-use treatment. Cheney also said Briones needed to help his wife with her medical issues.
Itzen cited Briones’s history of failing to appear in court in asking the judge not grant the request.
Wilking sided with Itzen, and decided to keep the defendant’s bond set at $30,000. She said Briones could seek another bail bondsman who would put up money on his behalf.
In February, law enforcement found Briones in the parking lot of the Natrona County Detention Center after receiving a report about a man “acting weird” and driving erratically, according to court documents.
Briones fled the parking lot after law enforcement arrived, and officers didn’t pusue him for safety reasons.
A deputy said he passed Briones on Glenn Road, and when the two made eye contact, Briones’s Lincoln swerved at him, according to the documents. The deputy avoided a collision.
Authorities followed Briones to the Burger King drive-through, where they attempted to box him in. He allegedly rammed a sergeant’s vehicle before being forcibly removed from his car and arrested, the documents state.
Nobody was hurt in the incidents.