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Woman accused of attacking cop competent to stand trial 

Patrica Wesley

A Colusa woman has returned to the Colusa County Jail after a brief stint in a mental health treatment facility. 

Patricia Wesley, 25, who is accused of trying to attack a Williams police officer with a large kitchen knife last April, has been found mentally competent to stand trial. 

Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson ruled on March 8 that court proceedings can resume, now that Wesley is now able to aid in her own defense. 

Wesley is charged with assaulting a peace officer, resisting an executive officer, three charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and DUI. She faces up to five years in state prison on each of the serious felonies, one year in jail on the DUI, and fines up to $20,000, officials said.

Wesley was arrested April 9, 2020, after a Williams police officer responded to a disturbance at Wesley’s mother’s home in the senior apartment complex on Marguerite Street, in Williams, where Wesley was reportedly out of control. 

Wesley had not appeared in court in several months prior to her state mental hospital commitment, because of her uncontrolled behavior, and was classified as a maximum-security inmate housed in a single cell, jail officials said.

Wesley appeared in court for the first time in nearly a year on March 8, where Judge Thompson noted Wesley’s improved mental health and alertness, along with her good behavior. 

Although she was committed to a state hospital on June 10, just two months into proceedings on the criminal complaint, Wesley remained in local custody until Oct., due to reduced state admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While she is facing considerable time in prison, if convicted, Wesley will be credited with all the time she has spent locked up since her arrest, including time spent at the state hospital prior to trial. 

Wesley’s preliminary hearing on the charges has been set for April 4.

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