Attempted murder case postponed: awaiting toxicology report.


The woman charged with attempted murder a California Highway Patrol officer on Feb. 20 appeared in Colusa County Superior Court last week but did not enter a plea. 

Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson postponed the proceeding on Feb. 26 until the results of Haile Eden Neil’s toxicology tests are completed. 

The CHP alleged Neil was under the influence of a controlled substance when she stabbed Officer Philip Martinsen in the back during an enforcement stop. 

Neil was reportedly driving in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 5 near Myers Road, in Arbuckle, with her hazard lights flashing on when Martinsen initiated the traffic stop. She became belligerent during a field sobriety test and used a concealed knife to stab the officer through his bullet proof vest, the CHP said. 

Neil, who is represented by Public Defender Albert Smith, is scheduled to appear in court on March 13 to enter a plea on attempted murder, which could carry a penalty of nine years to life in prison if she is convicted, according to the California penal code. 

Neil is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence. 

Martinsen has recovered and has returned to duty, the CHP said. ■

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