Judge orders driver who crashed SUV into T-Mobile store to have mental evaluation

Posted at 9:51 AM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 13:39:12-05

A Wellington woman charged with crashing her sport-utility vehicle last week into a Palm Springs T-Mobile store was order by judge Monday to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Shinobia Montoria Wright, 25, appeared in court to face charges of aggravated battery, burglary, simple battery, criminal mischief and reckless driving.

Video recorded Thursday showed Wright ramming her vehicle into the store after a dispute involving her phone.

Several people were injured during the incident. A store employee says when Wright exited the vehicle, she began smashing glass displays and throwing items around. The damage is estimated at $30,000.

A judge ordered Monday that she have a mental evaluation before a bond amount is determined. 

Her defense attorney and the assistant state attorney expressed serious concerns about her mental state and requested Wright be evaluated.

An assistant store manager told police the day before the incident, Wright had asked to exchange her cracked iPhone and said she was going to "bug out" if she didn't get the phone because it was her birthday.

Wright's mother told police she noticed a change in Wright's mental status and stated its possible her daughter had been trying Ecstasy. Wright will not be granted bond until her mental evaluation is complete.