The family of a woman who hijacked a jail golf cart and drove it into a barricade is worried sick that's she's not receiving the proper mental health help she needs in jail. They say her rambling and bizarre appearance in bond court, in which she said things like, "I was like, fuck yeah, let's do this," is proof of her bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Amanda Evans, who is 18 years old, was arrested on Tuesday when she was visiting the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center to pick up property after having been arrested previously on Saturday for disorderly conduct. On her way out she hijacked a golf cart and then ran it into a barricade and eventually a parked car. Corrections officers were able to detain her.
Evan appeared before Judge Ellen Sue Venzer through video conferencing wearing an anti-suicide smock according to NBC Miami.
When Venzer read her the charges of stealing the golf cart, Evans replied, "Oh yeah, I always wanted to do that, I always wanted to get a golf cart and smash it into something, so when I saw like some things, I was like, fuck yeah, let's do this," Evans said. "I always wanted to do that shit."
"I love my job," replied Venzer while shaking her head (the same judge ruled over a bond court hearing for a woman who had stabbed her mother to death and appeared dazed in court earlier this week). Venzer then suggested a psychological evaluation, but Evans bond was set at $5,000.
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Her family tells NBC Miami that they're worried Evans isn't getting the treatment she needs, and haven't seen her since Saturday.
"She should have been Baker Acted," her mother, Brenda Evans, told the station. "She needs her medication. If she has her medication, she will be OK."
"I'm very hurt and disappointed in the system that they let something happen like that," she concluded.