OGDEN --Officials are doubling up on the psych probes of the subject of a high-speed chase last month following his bizarre remarks since his arrest.
Benjamin Royal Pillard, 21, of Woods Cross, was booked into Weber County Jail after a high-speed chase July 12 that spanned Davis, Weber and Box Elder counties.
The nearly hourlong pursuit ended when a Utah Highway Patrol trooper boxed him in just north of the 5600 South exit on southbound Interstate 15 outside of Roy. The trooper who boxed the suspect in was treated at McKay-Dee Hospital for minor injuries.
Police retrieved two backpacks they believe Pillard tossed from his black Jaguar during the chase, but found nothing incriminating in them. Twice during the chase, the Jaguar swerved and tried to hit troopers, UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said.
Johnson said as Pillard was taken into custody he said he'd been calling 911 to complain "because you guys have been chasing me all day."
The chase was abandoned at least twice as unsafe when speeds reached 100 mph, UHP Sgt. Shane Keisel said.
At Pillard's arraignment before 2nd District Judge Scott Hadley, Pillard's public defender, Steve Laker, requested psychological exams to ensure Pillard is competent to stand trial, according to court records. The judge granted the requests, setting an Oct. 9 review hearing for the probes by two mental health professionals meant to determine Pillard's ability to assist in his own defense and understand the proceedings against him.
In a letter to Hadley, Pillard complained that Laker would not let him read the contents of the letter at the arraignment.
For that reason he asked to be assigned a different public defender and be re-arraigned.
The letter goes on to describe Pillard's activities in California in the weeks before his return to Utah on the day of the chase.
Pillard writes: "Three weeks ago after being in contact with San Jose and San Francisco FBI Offices telling them certain details on human trafficing (sic) cases and drug rings the people who knew I went to Federal officials were out to hurt me after."
The disjointed letter then seems to refer to "Arian(sic) Brotherhood" gang members and possibly police looking at "violent pornography" on Craigslist in a coffee shop together.
He also refers to his ex-girlfriend being kidnapped and her online identity stolen by a hooker, apparently in league with the police and gang members.
After the one reference, the four-page, handwritten, single-spaced letter never returns to the ex-girlfriend's alleged plight.
The letter only recounts California events, and never refers to the July 12 chase or the officers involved, except for one mention accusing the officers of operating an I-15 drug ring.
Two days after receiving the letter, Judge Hadley ordered another set of psychological examinations by two additional mental health experts to go beyond simple competency questions and check for "mental disorder or mental retardation."
Calls to public defender Laker were not immediately returned Tuesday.
A copy of the Aug. 8 order for the psych evaluations has been sent to the Utah State Hospital, the state's mental hospital in Provo, according to court records, although it was not immediately known if he has been committed there.
Hadley asked that the next round of testing be completed by the Oct. 9 hearing.
Pillard is charged with two counts of evading police and two counts of aggravated assault, all third-degree felonies, and two counts of reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor.