PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -
A man learns his fate after leading police on this high speed chase. Glenn Fuselier, 19, faced up to 30 years behind bars.
In court Tuesday morning a judge sentenced him to three years.
During the sentencing, Fuselier spoke passionately about why he led police on that chase. He also highlighted his achievements behind bars and his plans for the future.
"I am remorseful. I wasn't trying to hurt anyone," said Fuselier. In February, Fuselier was driving with an expired inspection sticker.
The teen led police on an hour-long chase. His fiancee's three young children were inside the vehicle. It ended when Fuselier flipped the van on Interstate 95 in Petersburg. None of the children were injured.
The teen could have been sentenced to 30 years for six felony charges. He was sentenced to three years.
"It could have been a lot worse for the amount of charges they had against him. I think it was very fair of the court system, " said Fuselier's father.
Fuselier suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and he's bipolar.
Loved ones say, on the day of the chase Fuselier didn't take his medication and panicked.
"He's sorry and looking forward to finishing his sentence and hopefully doing something positive," said Fuselier's mother, Suzanne.
Prosecutors say, Fuselier's used his vehicle as a weapon. And that his goal the day of the chase was not to get caught.
Even so, prosecutors say they're satisfied with the sentence.
"I think he's being held accountable for what he did. Once he gets out of jail he'll have to make restitution. He still has to be on good behavior if he's not he'll be brought back to court and sentenced to jail time," said Cheryl Wilson, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney.
Right before the judge handed down that three year sentence Fuselier told the court that he wants to go to college and become a nurse.
Fuselier will be on probation for 20 years. He also must pay more than $4,300 for damage done to a police cruiser.
Under a plea agreement, Fuselier pled guilty to six felony charges including, eluding police and assault and battery on an officer.
Fuselier will get credit for time served on that three-year sentence.