- By Mark Gokavi Staff Writer
A local woman accused of hitting two law enforcement officers with her car in June 2017 that included a collision near the same spot as Monday’s off-duty officer-involved shooting was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Susan E. Boshart, 48, was ordered to be committed at Cincinnati’s Summit Behavioral Healthcare in late November 2017. Boshart had been charged with four counts of felonious assault, failure to comply with the signal of an officer, negligent assault and five counts of criminal damaging.
The June 10, 2017 incident was caught on cruiser cam and showed the confrontation between Boshart and law enforcement officers. The incident caused injury to at least one Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.
Boshart, identified in court documents as having both Kettering and Miamisburg residences, also was charged with assault on a police officer in a separate case from May 2017.
A late 2017 ruling by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court by Judge Timothy O’Connell referenced a report from a doctor and said the court found that “clear and convincing evidence that the defendant continues to be a mentally ill person, subject to hospitalization/institutionalization by court order.”
O’Connell ruled that the order “represents the least restrictive commitment alternative available consistent with the defendant’s treatment needs and the protection of public safety.”
Attorney John Meehling began representing Boshart in an effort to be sentenced to a different facility, but Meehling said it was determined Summit Behavioral Healthcare was appropriate.
“Her state of mind was she was upset at family drama that was going on,” Meehling said, adding that Boshart has a history of mental illness. “She was out of her mind. She doesn’t even remember (the incident).”
Meehling said he didn’t know how long Boshart would be detained at Summit Behavioral Healthcare, but that his client meets weekly with counselors and doctors.
Messages seeking comment were left with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office and the state highway patrol. This story will be updated if they comment.