SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Judge has ordered a mental exam for the man accused of crashing into Springfield Police Department officer Mark Priebe in June 2020.
Jon Routh, 30, was first arrested in June 2020 after pinning officer Priebe to an outdoor barricade outside Springfield Police headquarters with his SUV, injuring Priebe.
Routh was found competent to stand trial but is still being held in the Department of Mental Health.
Routh had entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect at a March court appearance.
He will next appear in court on September 20 for a pretrial conference.
Officer Priebe, who was left paralyzed by the incident, has since seen an outpouring of community support ranging from a motorcycle ride, a McDonald’s fundraiser, and other fundraisers to support the injured officer.
In September of 2021, Priebe received a kidney from a fallen Independence officer, three months after starting dialysis due to kidney failure from unrelated causes.