Reports, records to be reviewed

Psychiatric reports and medical records will be reviewed for a motorist accused of striking pedestrians and other vehicles while holding a woman against her will.

Psychiatric reports and medical records will be reviewed for a motorist accused of striking pedestrians and other vehicles while holding a woman against her will.

Joseph Paul Donovan, 35, of Ponoka is charged with numerous offences, including assaulting a police officer, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, failing to stop at the scene of a collision, and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Charges were laid by Red Deer City RCMP who received a number of calls from people who had observed a vehicle being driving erratically in the northern area of the city, including sections of Highland Green, on the afternoon of July 31, 2013.

Donovan was arrested at the scene and released from custody on Aug. 19.

In Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday, defence counsel Michael Scrase asked that a variety of court documents, psychiatric reports and medical records be submitted to a forensic psychiatrist in Calgary for further evaluation.

Scrase and his client are to return to court on Feb. 13 to confirm that the package has been assembled and forwarded, with further appearances to be scheduled at that time.

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