- Aug 25, 2001
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Sadly it's not that unusual for psychotics to seek solace in religion, and sometimes it helps. But not in this case, obviously.
Pennsylvania woman drove into oncoming traffic to 'test her faith,' police say
A Pennsylvania woman was arrested after allegedly driving into oncoming traffic and hitting a car with three passengers to "test her faith," according to an affidavit from Pennsylvania State Police.
A week later, a judge revoked her bail because he considered her a threat to herself and the community, according to court documents.
Nadejda Reilly, 51, told Pennsylvania State Trooper Bruce Balliet on January 7 that she was driving on a local route for several hours waiting for a "calling from God." When she saw a car driving on the opposite side of State Route 93, she allegedly "wanted to test her faith by driving through the vehicle," according to the affidavit.
She then drove her 2017 Kia Optima into the opposing lane of traffic and struck the car, the affidavit said.
Reilly and two injured victims were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton, according to Trooper David Peters. It is unclear the extent of their injuries, Peters said, adding that a third person in the car was not injured.
One of the adults in the crash was treated and released, said Brian Downs, a public information officer for Lehigh Valley Health Network. The other victim taken to the hospital was a 14-year-old girl, Peters said. Downs could not confirm any information about the girl.
Reilly was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment along with several traffic charges related to the crash, according to court documents.
"Reilly related God took care of her by not letting her injured," Bailliet wrote in the affidavit. "Reilly expressed no concern or remorse for the victims. Reilly also stated she did not care if the other people were injured because God would have taken care of them."
Reilly was originally granted bail at $50,000, but Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. revoked it last Wednesday, according to court documents. The judge stated in court that based on the allegations, his reasoning on revoking the bail was to protect the community and to ensure that Reilly received help that was required for her care, according to Reilly's attorney, Andrew Theyken Bench. ...
FULL STORY: https://bringmethenews.com/minnesot...after-he-took-hostage-crashed-into-sand-creekCharges: Police found man naked after he took hostage, crashed into Sand Creek
A Montgomery, Minnesota, man is accused of taking an acquaintance hostage and then crashing her car in a river in Jordan, where he forced her to take off all her clothes so they could be "baptized."
Jared Herman, 38, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats, both felonies ...
According to the criminal complaint, police responded ... around 6:11 p.m. on June 2 after an SUV crashed into Sand Creek.
Police found the victim, naked, in the creek. She told police Herman had taken her hostage and made her crash the car.
In an interview later at the hospital, the victim said she'd known Herman for about a week and had been staying at his home for the last several days, noting he was becoming increasingly unstable, charges say. She said he hadn't slept or eaten much, used some marijuana and was drinking some alcohol. She noted he was making odd religious statements, and burned his cellphone in a fire pit and broke her phone. ...
Then on June 2, Herman demanded he drive her SUV, and she went with because they planned to take his dog for a walk ... Once they got in the vehicle, she became increasingly concerned about his behavior. She told police he made comments about dating and marrying her and when she said they barely knew each other, he got upset and started damaging the inside of her vehicle, pulling off the rear-view mirror and wires and throwing them out the window.
He made comments about her possessions "binding" her and then threw her purse and duffel bag with her clothes out the window ...
Herman started taking his hands off the wheel, telling the victim he'd done this before and crashed two cars. He talked about Jesus and veered into oncoming traffic as they entered the City of Jordan, and she grabbed the wheel so they didn't crash ...
Herman then asked, "What are you doing? God's got us! Don't you have faith?" She pleaded with Herman to stop, but he didn't ...
He tried to drive into a tree, but she pulled the wheel and they narrowly missed crashing into a truck when she pulled the wheel again. Herman continued to make statements like "What are you doing? God's in control! We're going to Jesus! Trust in Jesus! We're doing this!" ...
Herman then let go of the wheel and when the victim tried to grab it, he batted her hands away ... That's when they crashed over a drop-off and into the creek.
Herman said they'd be "baptized in the river Jordan" and he took off all his clothes, charges say. He then dunked his dog under the water in the creek and demanded the victim take off her clothes. ...
She said no and he ripped a necklace off her neck and she thought he was going to hurt her so she complied and took off her clothes ...
The victim told police she thought she was going to die.
Police found Herman in the middle of the creek ... He was naked, walking in the creek and yelling, making biblical references about being Moses ...
He was taken to the hospital where a blood sample was taken. Additional charges "may" be filed after further investigation and results of his blood test, police said.
After he was discharged from the hospital, he was booked into the Scott County Jail. ...