The Woman that Ran Over Reporter May Not be Competent to Stand Trial


 The woman accused of running over WSYX (Columbus) Reporter Steve Levine with her car may not be competent to stand trial.

Teresa Peters is accused of hitting Levine with her vehicle while he was trying to interview her for a story he was working on.

Peters' attorney requested that his client undergo a competency evaluation Wednesday afternoon in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

He said Peters is both scared and mentally handicapped.

"She has previously been found not competent to stand trial and not restorable to competency," said Peters' lawyer.

WSYX says that Levine was working on a story about people stealing packages from others' doorsteps.

"The defendant then pulled her vehicle forward, running over the victim's body a second time. The injuries sustained to the victim were multiple broken ribs, multiple fractures to his left femur and multiple lacerations," said the prosecution before Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Mark Serrott.

Peters pleaded not guilty to charges of felonious assault and aggravated vehicular assault.

"She doesn't have the capacity to understand everything going on," said Peters' lawyer. At the same time, he said, Peters held a job as a janitor for seven years.

"Whatever her mental condition is, she's allegedly been committing offenses enough to be indicted and charged, apparently smart enough to hold down a job. I'm not going to let her out on a lower bond, I just don't think that's appropriate. I think we need to protect the public," said Serrott.

He added that Peters has at least two pending charges.  She also has prior convictions for theft and for not appearing in court.

Peters was sent back to jail with bond set at more than $100,000.