Man Who Attacked SPD Officer Priebe to Receive Mental Evaluation

The man who drove a vehicle into a Springfield police officer and critically wounded him is going to be undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation before moving to the next phase of the legal process.

Judge Jerry Harmison ruled Thursday that Jon Routh must under a complete mental competency test before August 7. Routh, who faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action, returns to court on August 13.

If convicted on the first-degree assault charge, Routh could face life in prison.

Routh told police that he had just moved to Springfield after living in Austin, Seattle, Portland, and Colorado Springs. When he was pulled from his SUV after attacking Priebe, he said “you guys knew you had this coming.”

Routh had texted someone before the incident saying “I’m going to run a cop over I think” along with references to not being able to get a job because of “Lilith.”

Routh is being represented by a public defender. The state is being represented by APA Stephanie Wan.

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