Smithfield man found incompetent to stand trial

Chad Laughlin, 27, is accused of assaulting a family member, Tuesday February 12, 2014 and violating his probation.  He was arrested in Barstow California March 5 and extradited back to the Cache County Jail. 

LOGAN — A 27-year-old Smithfield man, who barricaded himself in a downtown office building and was later arrested in California, has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Chad Laughlin appeared in 1st District Court Monday after earlier being evaluated on whether he was mentally able to understand the judicial court process.

Judge Thomas Willmore said the report found Laughlin was incompetent and will be held in the Utah State Mental Hospital. He has been ordered to remain there until his competency can be restored.

In February, Laughlin barricaded himself in a Logan office building restroom and threatened to commit suicide. After approximately an hour of negotiations with police, he came out and was turned over to medical personnel for treatment.

Several days later he was released from Logan Regional Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit. He was picked up by a family member who he later reportedly assaulted, before fleeing the state in a white pickup truck.

In March, the truck was found by police outside a local motel in Barstow, California. Laughlin was found at a nearby mobile home park with a woman, later identified as his sister. He was arrested and transported back to the Cache County Jail.

Laughlin was charged with theft and possession or use of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, failure to follow police orders, a third-degree felony and five misdemeanors including threat of terrorism, theft, assault and communications fraud.

Willmore said Laughlin will be brought back to court and face the pending charges after the hospital restores his competency.

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