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Opera singer charged in chase near Mar-a-Lago competent for trial

Hannah Roemhild
Posted at 2:05 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 19:33:47-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An opera singer that police say is responsible for a chase through two barricades in late January at Mar-a-Lago is competent to stand trial, a judge ordered Monday.

Hannah Roemhild, 30, of Middletown, Connecticut, was arrested Jan. 31 after dancing on her vehicle, acting erratically then driving through the security checkpoints that were set up along South Ocean Boulevard ahead of a weekend visit by President Trump.

In an order filed Monday, Judge Laura Johnson advised “the Defense Counsel represents that the Defendant is now legally competent, as a result of her being provided the necessary psychotropic medication.”

A mental-health hearing that had been set for Friday was also canceled.

Roemhild's attorney, David Ross, had previously told a Palm Beach County judge that Roemhild needed to be evaluated by a psychologist and mental health professionals.

When she plowed through the checkpoints last month, it drew gunfire from two Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies and a Secret Service agent. She then picked up her mother from Palm Beach International Airport before being taken into custody at a West Palm Beach extended stay motel.

Below is the judge's order: