Man to undergo mental evaluation

By Tim Weideman

A Westmoreland man suspected of driving a stolen SUV while drunk, wrecking that vehicle and then attempting to steal another vehicle to drive away from the scene will undergo a mental health evaluation.

On Tuesday, Riley County Judge William Malcolm granted a request from 37-year-old Nathan Woodyard’s attorney, Phylemon Yao, that staff at Larned State Security Hospital perform the evaluation.

Yao said information from Riley County Jail corrections officers, Woodyard’s wife and his personal observations has led to worries for his client’s mental health.

“We have some concern with Mr. Woodyard’s status,” Yao told Malcolm.

Malcolm scheduled a status hearing for July 1, during which Yao will provide an update on the evaluation status.

Woodyard appeared for court via video feed from the Riley County Jail. He faces charges of attempted robbery, DUI, interference with law enforcement, failure to stop at an accident and transporting an open container stemming from a May 11 incident.

That incident occurred near the 2800 block of Pillsbury Road, according to a police report.

In the accident, the 2003 Ford Excursion Woodyard was driving — which had been reported as stolen — overturned.

Woodyard then attempted to steal a vehicle from the scene.

In the process, he attacked Trevor Hoyle, 19, of Junction City, and Kayla Soliday, 17, of Fort Riley. Neither sustained significant injuries, according to a police report.

Officers indicated Woodyard then ran from the scene and from officers once they arrived. Woodyard was ultimately arrested not far from the accident.

No significant injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

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