Fatal Hit and Run Suspect Ordered to Undergo Mental Evaluation

By KBJR News 1

Fatal Hit and Run Suspect Ordered to Undergo Mental Evaluation

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Defense attorneys in the hit and run case at the Culkin Rest Area last week have asked for a mental evaluation of the suspect.

During Wednesday's court hearing, the judge granted the defense team's request for a continuance of the initial appearance as well as a mental evaluation for 55 year old Gregory Allen Scherber.

Scherber is charged with Criminal Vehicular Operation and Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle in connection with a fatal hit and run of a Mahtowa Rest Stop janitor back on June 19th.

The State Patrol says the incident prompted a 25 mile pursuit of Scherber, which ended after his truck ended up in a ditch in Hermantown.

Authorities say the suspect believed the Native mob was after him and that the FBI had hung up on him earlier in the day.

Carlton County Attorney Tom Pertler says that Scherber was angry and made a scene in court by being loud and boisterous. Pertler said he was visibly angry and the outburst prompted his defense attorneys to order the evaluation.

"He had some comments that gave some of the people in court some pause for concern wondering what his state of mind was," said Pertler.

Scherber is expected to be back in court on July 10th.

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