OSU parade crash suspect’s lawyer says she may be mentally ill

Adacia Chambers in an arrest photo. Stillwater, Oklahoma, Police Department

The lawyer representing the woman charged with four counts of second-degree murder after she plowed through a crowd of people at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade said Sunday he doesn’t believe his client was intoxicated — but that she has showed “warning signs” of a mental illness.

Adacia Chambers, 25, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Saturday after she plowed through revelers on the sidelines of the Stillwater event, killing four and injuring dozens more. The second-degree murder counts were added Sunday, Stillwater police said.

Adacia Chambers
Adacia Chambers in an arrest photo. Stillwater, Oklahoma, Police Department

“She wasn’t a drinker. She didn’t do drugs,” Chambers’ attorney, Tony Coleman, said at a news conference.

Coleman said he interviewed Chambers for about an hour Saturday night and that even though “her behavior wasn’t consistent with drunken stupor … I was not satisfied that I was communicating with a competent individual.”

“In my opinion, Ms. Chambers suffers from a mental illness,” Coleman said. “The person I met with last night did not resemble a monster by any means.”

He said Chambers doesn’t remember the crash and may have blacked out during or after the incident.

Coleman said Chambers’ family and her friends expressed to him that she had shown “warning signs” of mental illness, including uneasiness, uncertainty and trouble sleeping.

“I’m satisfied, based on my experience, that she has the characteristics of someone who has a mental illness. It’s just that simple,” Coleman said, adding that, to his knowledge, Chambers was not on any prescription medication. The attorney said ordering a mental evaluation is “the first thing I’m going to do.”

Chambers is set to be arraigned Monday, Stillwater police said. Results of a toxicology test are pending.

Chambers’ family is “supportive” and will likely be at the arraignment, Coleman said. “Their thoughts and their prayers are with the family and the victims,” Coleman said. “Everyone’s absolutely devastated — it’s a word that continues to be echoed.”

Forty-seven people were injured in the crash, which shocked the crowd at OSU’s homecoming parade. Four people — including a 2-year-old boy — were killed.

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