Student pleads guilty in police car ramming




MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A 21-year-old Saudi Arabian has pleaded guilty to charges he eluded police and rammed two Ashland police cars.

The Ashland Daily Tidings ( reports that the defense attorney for Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan told the court his client’s bizarre behavior in February was caused by a change in medication for mental illness.

Abunayyan came to the U.S. to study English and was in Ashland visiting a cousin, who has said Abunayyan suffers from schizophrenia.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack sentenced Abunayyan to time served, a $1,000 fine and 18 months of probation.

Abunayyan pleaded guilty last month to a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew for a disturbance that caused a flight from Portland to Houston to turn back so he could be taken off the plane.


Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings,