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Lawyer says suspect in OSU crash may be mentally ill

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The lawyer representing the woman who plowed through a crowd of people at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade, killing four and injuring dozens more, said he doesn't believe his client was intoxicated at the time of the horrific incident, but that she has showed "warning signs" of a mental illness.

Adacia Chambers, 25, was arrested and taken into custody for driving under the influence Saturday after she plowed through revelers on the sidelines of the Stillwater event, which draws thousands.

Four counts of second-degree murder were added Sunday.

"She wasn't a drinker, she didn't do drugs," said Chambers' attorney, Tony Coleman, during a Sunday news conference.

Coleman said he interviewed Chambers for about an hour Saturday night and 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 his friends expressed to him that she has displayed "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 that ordering a mental evaluation is "the first thing I'm going to do."

Chambers is set to be arraigned Monday, according to the Stillwater Police Department.

Results of a toxicology test are pending.

(Information from this story was provided by NBC report, ELISHA FIELDSTADT...)

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