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Long-distance driver mentally unfit

Sat, Sep 11 2010 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam

A suspected carjacker who led Chula Vista Police on a three-hour chase into San Bernardino County in July was committed Sept. 3 to a state mental hospital by a judge who said he was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Frederick Maguire read a psychologist's evaluation of Fred Eugene Hiser, 42, of Chula Vista before ruling to send him to Patton State Hospital.

The mental hospital is in San Bernardino, where the chase ended.

It is likely Hiser will be given psychiatric medications, and if doctors believe he has regained his mental competency, he will be returned to San Diego for trial, according to court documents.

In an interview with ABC News affiliate KGTV 10, Hiser told a reporter there was some type of conspiracy against him.

He declined to say what the conspiracy was about, but said he just "wanted to get somewhere safe." Hiser said he arrived here two years ago on a Greyhound bus from Ohio to "avoid being harmed."

On July 5, Hiser allegedly stole a car at gunpoint from Glenda Cantrell and her mother Mary Cantrell around 5:52 p.m. at the intersection of F Street and Lagoon Drive in Chula Vista. They were walking in that area when a man pointed a gun at them and told them to give him the car keys.

Officers in patrol cars pursued Hiser who did not pull over and kept driving even after the California Highway Patrol continued the pursuit. The CHP laid out a spike strip which flattened one tire, but Hiser kept driving on Interstate 15, even with sparks coming from the tire rim.

Hiser is also charged with robbery, auto theft, felony assault and resisting arrest. He is also accused of committing elder abuse against Cantrell, 70.

A charge of assault on a CHP officer is alleged when a carjacker tries to hit an officer on the freeway. That charge is suspended for now.


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