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Opera singer accepts insanity plea after driving past barricades at Mar-a-Lago

The singer had breached checkpoints near the former president's home

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January 18, 2022 11:25pm

Updated: January 18, 2022 11:25pm

A Connecticut opera singer who drove past barricades and drew gunfire outside Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida two years ago was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

On Tuesday, Florida prosecutors and Circuit Judge Scott Suskauer accepted opera singer Hannah Roemhild's plea during a three-minute hearing by zoom.

On January 31, 2020, police responded to a call about a woman who was acting "irrationally" and was on top of a car. When the police arrived, the incident turned into a 6-mile police chase.

Roemhild breached two U.S. Secret Service checkpoints near then-President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida. Secret Service and Palm Beach County Sheriff's officers opened fire on her Jeep.

She was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing arrest, and resisting.

Roemhild's attorneys said the singer has a history of mental illness and had stopped taking her medication at the time of the incident. Prosecutors accepted a similar plea deal in August.

Prosecutors agreed Roemhild "does not create a substantial risk of injury to herself or others."

As part of the agreement, she must undergo psychiatric treatment, counseling, and take medications.

"(She) is relieved that these matters have been resolved and that she can go on living a normal, productive, healthy life," said David Roth, Roemhild's attorney.

In Florida, a person can be found not guilty by reason of insanity if they did not know what they were doing or did not understand the consequences of their actions because of a mental illness.