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Insanity defense acquits driver

A Whitman County judge has acquitted a Moscow, Idaho, man accused of injuring two Washington State University students in a December hit-and-run.

Superior Court Judge David Frazier on Wednesday ruled that Daniel Noble, 31, was temporarily insane during the Dec. 9 incident and acquitted him of two felony counts of vehicular assault, two felony counts of hit-and-run and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Frazier granted a defense motion to acquit Noble based on Noble’s attorney’s intent to use an insanity defense at trial.

The two pedestrians, Neil Waldbjorn, 19, of Malaga, Wash., and Hogun Hahm, 23, of Pullman, each suffered a broken leg.

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