Indian American doctor Dharmesh Patel may walk free in 2 years if treated for mental health diversion

California-based Indian American doctor Dharmesh Patel, who remains in custody on no-bail status for driving his Tesla off a cliff and allegedly trying to kill his wife and two children, might walk free if the judge permits him to go on ‘suitability for mental health diversion.’

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told indica that on July 31, the case was called before Judge Susan Jakubowski (a mental health diversion judge). “She set the case for a formal hearing on the motion for mental health diversion on November 1, 2023. The defendant remains in our county jail on no bail status in the interim,” he said.