FORT WAYNE – The attorney for Jeremiah Therkelsen believes his mental health issues may have lead to his decision to crash his car into another last month.
And his mental health issues might prevent him from being competent to stand trial, according to paperwork filed in Allen Superior Court.
Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck appointed mental health experts to evaluate Therkelsen, 32, who awaits trial on charges of aggravated battery, two counts of criminal recklessness and a charge of failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death.
On Feb. 7, Therkelsen drove his 1995 Honda Accord into the back of a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria near Canterbury Green apartments.
The impact of the crash caused the driver of the Ford, Lamonta Green, to suffer a broken spine and paralysis from the waist down, according to court documents.
After the crash, Therkelsen tried to flee and struck a passing car with his fist, breaking the windshield.
Therkelson later told investigators he had an argument with his wife and tried to kill himself twice – first by crashing her vehicle into the Crown Victoria and then by trying to jump in front of a moving car, according to court documents.
According to court documents, Therkelsen’s attorney, Marcia Linsky, is asking Surbeck to appoint psychologists and at least one psychiatrist to evaluate Therkelsen to see whether he is capable of assisting in his own defense.
She also plans to claim he is not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, according to court documents.
Therkelsen remains in the Allen County Jail on $22,500 bail and is scheduled to stand trial in July.