Psychiatrist: Mass. Pike chase suspect is 'delusional'

To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed. Click here to get the latest Flash player.

June 29, 2010, 5:55 pm

(NECN: Ally Donnelly, Boston) - The man accused of leading Massachusetts State Police on a high speed chase was arraigned Tuesday.

29 year old Alejandro Serra waved at the judge as he walked into Boston Municipal Court Tuesday. The Framingham, Massachusetts man is facing more than a dozen charges after prosecutors say he led State Police on a high speed chase through the streets of Boston and on to the Massachusetts Turnpike Monday.

Dressed in jeans and a golf shirt Serra smirked and shook his head saying nothing until the very end of his arraignment when he raised his voice in an apparent delusional declaration.

His court appointed lawyer, Michael D'Amore pled not guilty on Serra's behalf. The charges range from driving with a suspended license to Assault and Battery with a dangerous weapon.

"All I can say is he suffers from a history of mental illness and that he needs help."

It all started in Boston's South End. Prosecutors say Serra tried to run down a man and his young grandson and then refused to stop as a nearby State Trooper tried to pull him over.  The sometimes 80 mph chase -- involving at least ten State Troopers -- ended on the pike when Serra allegedly rammed into three police cruisers and then tried to take off on foot.

Jeffrey Miner, a forensic psychologist for the courts, evaluated Serra to see if he was competent to face the charges. Court records show Serra has a lengthy history -- everything from charges of breaking and entering to possession of crystal meth. Records show he's also been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years.

Miner says Serra, "is clearly out of touch with reality and quite delusional."

Miner says Serra claimed to be a Supreme Court justice and spewed obscenities at him during their interview. But is he dangerous?

"I think there's at least some indication that he might be, but I think we should wait to see the evaluation at Bridgewater."

Serra had a bandage on his forehead in court. On video footage taken by media during the chase, it appears a State trooper punched Serra in the head.

Tags: Mass Pike, Ally Donnelly, police chase , Alejandro Serra
Authorities say the victim is a male from North Berwick, Maine
Appeal from new leaders to drop protest draws outrage from employees committed to ousted Arthur T. Demoulas
Stephen Silva allegedly told police he smoke marijuana every day because 'my best friend was the bomber'