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Man accused of assaulting mother over gas money faces psychiatric evaluation

PRESCOTT - A man arrested on charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence after his mother told police he pushed her down and choked her may not be competent to stand trial.

Scott Lewis, 34, told police officers that he wanted to go with his fiancée to a parenting class, but couldn't drive his own truck because it has an ignition interlock device. He then tried to take his mother's car, but found it was out of gas. When he tried to get a debit card to withdraw gas money from his mother's account, she refused, and he pushed her down and choked her, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for Prescott police.

In court Tuesday, Lewis' attorney said the suspect "has serious mental health issues and will not be able to assist in his own defense."

Judge Tina Ainley ordered a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether that is the case and if treatment through the county's Return to Competency program would help.

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