FARMINGTON — A city police officer who was seriously injured when a woman ran into him with her car said in court Tuesday that he forgave her a long time ago and wished her the best during her incarceration at a mental hospital.
Thuhang Ho was sentenced to three years' incarceration for running over Jared Stock in February 2011. Ho was fleeing from police when she drove into Stock, who was laying stop sticks at Main Street and Browning Parkway.
She was convicted Friday of great bodily harm by motor vehicle, a third-degree felony.
"I would like to apologize to everyone in the courtroom, especially (Stock) for causing his injury," Ho said through a Vietnamese interpreter. "I will religiously take my medication and not make mistakes in the future."
As a condition of her plea agreement, Ho will serve her sentence at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas and be treated for paranoid schizophrenia.
"My hope is that for whatever time she is there, they actually treat her and not just put her on medication," Stock said. "If it's just medication I'm afraid we'll be back here."
Stock was off work for seven months. He returned to active duty in August.
District Judge John Dean said the mental health hospital is not to release Ho without an order from him.
Ho received an unusual sentence. She was found competent to stand trial and was convicted of a felony, but then sentenced to a mental hospital.
There are not currently any patients who have been convicted of a crime and are serving a sentence at the Behavioral Health Institute, which is state-run psychiatric hospital, said Dr. Troy Jones, the executive director.
He said 160 to 180 patients are admitted into the institute's forensic division each year. The forensic division is for people from the criminal court system.
Thirty-five people at the institute were charged with a crime and found not competent, not restorable and dangerous, said Dr. Paul Bagwell, the director of the forensic division.