Glenn Fuselier deemed competent to stand trial

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – A Colonial Heights man accused of leading police on a high speed chase that ended in a crash is competent to stand trial.

That's the ruling handed down in court Monday morning for 19-year-old Glenn Fuselier. His attorney requested the competency evaluation after his client was charged.

"Just based on my conversations with him it was done more of a precautionary measure and because there were some comments in the news about his mental state at the time," said Fuselier's attorney Richard White Jr.

In a past interview with Fuselier's fiancé, she spoke of his mental state.

"Flashbacks, waking up in the middle of the night in a sweat, screaming and crying and everything - when he's on his medicine he's calm," said Rebecca Soth, Fuselier's fiancé in March of 2010.

Fuselier is a burn victim who made headlines in 2006. Back in February of this year-- police say he led officers on a high speed chase that lasted nearly an hour. Strapped in the back seat, his fiancé's children; ages four, one, and five months. Police say they spotted an improper inspection sticker on Fuselier's van and tried to pull him over, but he took off.

It all ended on 95 South in Petersburg at the Crater Road exit. Fuselier crashed -- his vehicle, flipping multiple times. In court Monday the competency hearing lasted less than 5 minutes.

"He's basically able to comprehend the proceedings. He knows the role of the attorneys, judge -- he can assist his attorney in his defense," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Les Lindsey.

Fuselier only spoke when asked his age by the judge.

"He seems to be doing well under the circumstances. I don't think anybody would be very happy about having to spend a long time in jail and be facing the possibility of much more," said White.

Fuselier faces ten charges including attempted capital murder and felony child endangerment. Monday's hearing was in relation to those child endangerment charges. Fuselier has two preliminary hearings scheduled for next month.

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