Chase, triple carjacking suspect Ryan Stone's competency will be evaluated at state hospital

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - Chase and triple carjacking suspect Ryan Stone will be sent to a state mental hospital for a competency evaluation, a judge ruled during a hearing Thursday.

Stone is accused of stealing an SUV with a 4-year-old boy inside in Longmont and then carjacking two other vehicles during the morning rush hour. He was captured south of Denver after covering about 75 miles.

The boy was not hurt but Stone hit and seriously injured Colorado State Patrol Trooper Bellamann Hee who was deploying stop sticks.

Court records show Stone was driving at approximately 100 mph when he struck Hee during the chase.

Stone's attorneys filed a motion asking for the competency evaluation Thursday in Douglas County Court. The motion is sealed, but in an open hearing the judge agreed to send him to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

As a result of the decision, the scheduled preliminary hearing was cancelled and a July 17 hearing was set for the review of the examination's results.

During Thursday's hearing, Prosecutor Jason Siers said in court that his office does not believe Stone's competency is in question.

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