A town of Bloomfield man pleaded not guilty by mental disease or defect last week to charges he threw explosive devices out of his car while driving, court records show.

Walworth County Court officials ordered a competency evaluation for Robert J. Leathers, 46, after the charges he faced were altered, according to online court records.

Leathers is now charged with five counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, three counts of possessing explosives for an unlawful purpose and a single count of intentionally pointing a firearm at a person.

Witnesses told police Leathers on Nov. 21 tried to run people over with his car and that he threw three to five explosive devices out of his vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

Leathers is next due in court at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 for a status conference.

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