Woman Charged in Racially Motivated Hit-and-Run Attacks Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The woman accused of intentionally hitting two juveniles with her SUV because of the color of their skin has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Court records show a judge ruled Tuesday that there’s evidence 42-year-old Nicole Poole suffers from a mental disorder that prevents her from assisting in her own defense. The court also says she poses a danger to the public peace and safety and ordered Poole to undergo involuntary treatment in jail until her next hearing in April.

The goal of treatment is to restore Poole’s competency in order for her to stand trial.

Poole is charged with two counts of attempted murder, plus assault, theft and drug charges.

She was first charged with attempted murder of a 14-year-old girl for an incident that happened in Clive on December 9th. Police say Poole attempted to run the girl down with her vehicle as she walked near Indian Hills Junior High in Clive because she thought the teen was “a Mexican.”

About an hour prior to that crash, police say Poole tried to run over a 12-year-old boy in Des Moines. Police said the boy is African American. Poole faces another attempted murder charge in that case.

Poole was arrested inside a West Des Moines convenience store later in the day after the alleged hit-and-run incidents. Police say she threw items at a clerk while directing racial comments at him and customers.

Poole has been behind bars ever since.

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