Autistic woman ordered released from jail

2013-07-01T14:15:00Z 2013-07-02T07:54:06Z Autistic woman ordered released from jailBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A developmentally disabled woman was ordered released from jail Monday after spending a month behind bars on accusations of taking beer from a refrigerator on a man's outdoor deck and resisting police — who used a Taser on her twice.

Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford came to the decision after reviewing a report from a guardian ad litem he appointed to represent the interests Crystal Patrick, 35.

Bradford said there appears to be better security at the Portage home where the woman lives with her mother.

"We'll see how things go," he said.

Bradford told the family there may be follow-up with other agencies while the case moves forward. A status hearing in the criminal case was scheduled for Aug. 30.

Patrick was arrested May 31 on charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and theft.

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams has defended the Taser use as appropriate, saying Patrick refused to come out of hiding behind a shed, left her hands in her pockets despite police commands to show her hands and attempted to flee.

Patrick also has at least two other case pending.

Bradford was initially unwilling to release Patrick, saying keeping the woman at home was not working out. He voiced interest in addressing her needs while also protecting society.

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