среда, 5 ноября 2008 г.

Suspect in fatal police crash heads to mental facility

A 25-year-old man accused of laughing after crashing into two police officers -- killing one -- will be moved temporarily to a mental health facility after being found incompetent to stand trial on a manslaughter charge.

Hung Dasian Truong will spend a maximum of 90 days at a state mental hospital before being re-evaluated to go on trial in the death of Houston police officer Gary Gryder.

Truong also is accused of crashing into officer Joe Pyland, whose leg was fractured.

"This is not a finding of insanity," said Harris County prosecutor Denise Bradley. Bradley said the jail psychologist who diagnosed Truong believes he could be "restored to mental competency within the foreseeable future."

Police say Truong's Toyota sedan crashed through construction barriers at the Katy Freeway's eastbound feeder road at Texas 6, about 5:30 a.m. June 29. After the crash, Truong acted bizarrely, laughing and acting jovial and nonchalant about what happened, police said.

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