Man accused of running over wife to get treatment
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A South Hills man will be allowed to undergo mental treatment before facing charges for running over his wife with a pickup truck.
Estill Forrest Jones III, 30, of Hampton Road was in court Wednesday on a probation violation, but the decision was postponed until his treatment at a Beckley facility is completed.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman granted a motion from Jones' lawyer, Tim Carrico, to postpone his case until Jan. 25.
Jones was arrested the day before Thanksgiving and charged with malicious wounding. That charge stemmed from a Nov. 17 incident with his wife near their home that resulted in serious injuries.
Police said Sarah Rubincan, 30, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a broken back, broken pelvis and a broken leg. They said she had been clinging to his truck in an attempt to continue an angry discussion when Jones took off.
She fell off as he speeded onto Sweetbrier Road and was run over by the truck's back wheels.
At the time, Jones was on probation after pleading guilty to 39 counts involving stealing $9,000 from his elderly neighbor on her credit card.
On Wednesday, his attorney said Jones needed treatment for bipolar disorder and addiction issues.
"There's no question. She fell off this truck, but if you look at the facts it's not a felony."
Jones has been incarcerated on a $5,000 bond since his arrest. Carrico successfully argued that he should be released Friday and taken by his family to Pinecrest Rehabilitation Center in Beckley.
Jones' father is Charleston attorney E. Forrest Jones.
Assistant Prosecutor Adam Campbell objected to Jones' release.
"The allegations from Nov. 17 are pretty serious," Campbell said. "I think the court needs to be very careful about letting him out with very little supervision."
Pinecrest is not a lockdown facility, but Carrico said staff would alert authorities within 24 hours if he left.
Kaufman ordered that Jones remain there until the January hearing, and he will hear from attorneys again at that point.
Carrico said Jones has no criminal record prior to his July case involving 84-year-old neighbor Jean Graves. She had been in an assisted living facility when Jones used her ATM card for $9,123 worth of purchases.
Jones repaid the money and his charges were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors. He was sentenced to two years probation.
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