PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – A plea agreement was reached Tuesday morning in the case of a Colonial Heights man who led police on a high speed chase with young children inside his van.
19-year-old Glenn Fuselier pled guilty to six felony charges. For the first time, his parents are speaking out about the case and what may have contributed to their son's "bad behavior" the day of the chase.
Fuselier's parents say they want people to know their son is taking responsibility for his actions. They say Fuselier has psychological problems and that he was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder two months before the police pursuit.
The chase began over an expired inspection sticker back in February. It lasted nearly an hour and ended when Fuselier's van flipped multiple times on 95 South in Petersburg. His fiance's children, all under the age of 5, were in the van.
Today, under a plea agreement, Fuselier pled guilty to six felony charges in connection to the pursuit, including eluding police and child neglect. A charge of attempted capital murder was knocked down to assault and battery on a police officer.
"He was trying to get away. He wasn't trying to, in our estimation in looking at everything, trying to harm police," said Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Cheryl Wilson.
Fuselier's parents call the entire situation exhausting and painful. For the first time, they offered some insight into their son's frame of mind.
"He hadn't been taking his medication. He had a problem with flashbacks from the fire," said Suzanne Fuselier.
Back in 2006 Fuselier made news when he was severely burned. He mistakenly poured gasoline on a campfire. Since then, Fuselier's parents say their son has struggled psychologically. A judge will decide how much time Fuselier will serve.
His parents say Fuselier does regret the bad choices he made that day back in February.
"He said last night to me, 'I don't want to end up here again and be a lifetime criminal,'" said Suzanne Fuselier.
Fuselier faces a maximum of 30 years behind bars his sentencing date is scheduled for October 27.