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Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Carjack suspect to undergo psychiatric evaluations

The Baltimore man accused of carjacking a woman who escaped by jumping onto the Capital Beltway with her baby was ordered Friday to undergo additional psychiatric evaluations.

Terron A. White, 22, appeared in Montgomery County District Court via a video feed from the county jail. He initially indicated to Judge Eugene Wolfe that he didn’t want to go to a hospital to see more doctors.

“I’m good, for real,” White said.

“You don’t want to go?” Wolfe asked.

“Well, yeah. I’ll go. I’ll go,” White said.

Wolfe said that White had already been seen by one doctor, who recommended he go to a hospital for further evaluation.

Neither the prosecutor nor defense attorney at the hearing objected. White is expected to go to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, a secure, forensic facility in Jessup. Doctors there likely will gauge whether he is mentally competent enough to stand trial – a standard that turns on questions such as whether a suspect understands his charges or understands his surroundings enough to participate in his defense. Can he adequately communicate with his attorney, for example.

If a suspect is determined incompetent to stand trial, he would undergo mental health treatment and be reevaluated down the road.

Late the night of July 13, according to police, White got involved in an altercation inside a Baltimore Citgo station and then ran for the parked car of two strangers – a mother and her 20-month old son. White forced his way into their Lexus, and headed south, threatening the woman with shards of glass from a front window he broke, according to police.

Driving for at least part of the time with the headlights turned off, White made his way to the Capital Beltway in the Bethesda area with state police in pursuit, authorities said. The mother jumped out with her son cradled in her arms. Neither received serious injuries. Police then quickly apprehended White. He was charged with two counts of kidnapping, first- and second-degree assault and vehicle theft, according to court papers.

It is unclear if an attorney has been assigned to White’s case. He is being held without bond.

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