Judge Orders Mental Evaluation for Bad Babysitter

Man takes young kids on high-speed chase

By Tonya LaFleur
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 9:01 PM EDT
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Judge Orders Mental Evaluation for Bad Babysitter

A judge in Petersburg, Va., ordered a competency evaluation on Monday for the man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase with three young kids in the backseat.

Police attempted to pull over Glen Fusselier Jr. on Feb. 17 along Interstate 95 near Richmond.

The van Fusselier was driving had an expired inspection sticker.  Instead of pulling over, he sped away, according to officers.

The chase lasted about 50 minutes. He drove at speeds at up to 100 mph at times.

Fusselier didn’t stop until his van hit a guardrail, flipped several times and crashed into a police cruiser.

Three young children were in the backseat. Luckily, the four-year-old girl, one-year-old girl and five-month-old boy were strapped in car seats. They only suffered minor injuries.

They children belong to Fusselier’s fiancée.  She was not in the van at the time of the accident.

In an interview with NBC12 in Richmond, Rebecca Soth said Fusselier may have been trying to protect her when he fled from authorities.

“He's a very kind hearted person -- he has a big heart,” said Soth.

So what happened that day, then?

“I don't know, I think he was really scared," Soth said. "He didn't want the kids taken away because I had problems in the past."

Fusselier faces 10 charges, including attempted murder. A judge has ordered him to remain behind bars until his trial.
 

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