WASHINGTON - A woman accused of trying to hit several Capitol police officers and striking a police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol will remain in jail until at least next Tuesday after making her initial appearance in federal court on Thursday. Police fired shots at her car during Wednesday’s incident, but no one was hit.
Mia Hill, who is known as Taleah Everett, is facing several charges that include assault, resisting or impeding an officer with a dangerous weapon, destruction of property and fleeing a law enforcement officer.
In court, the judge referred to the suspect as Mia Hill at first, but the defendant said her name is Taleah Everett.
Court documents say a Capitol police officer tried to wave Everett down after she ran through a red light at Independence Avenue and 3rd Street. Police say that officer and two pedestrians were almost hit after jumping out of the way from the car.
The documents go on to say Everett then gave the officer the middle finger as police made several other attempts to pull her over as she drove toward other officers. Police then raised the barricades that are in place near the Capitol, surrounded the vehicle and ordered Everett out, but she refused.
Officer tried to break the vehicle’s windows and open the car door, but Everett allegedly went in reverse, and officers, who feared for their safety, opened fire. Everett was not struck by the gunfire and an officer was able to pull her out of the car.
The government asked for a forensic evaluation of Everett, but the judge did not find a reason to order one.
Everett’s family was not in court, but FOX 5’s Bob Barnard spoke to the suspect’s aunt on Thursday. She said her niece has suffered from bipolar disorder and depression since 2014. She also said her niece has been hospitalized and her mental condition has gotten worse in recent weeks.
Everett is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing next Tuesday.