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MAN WHO CRASHED PICKUP AT NEWS CHALLENGES TESTS

A judge Thursday agreed to give Serge Germano's attorney time to hire a psychiatrist to contest mental reports that could send his client for court-ordered mental care.

State Supreme Court Justice Theodore S. Kasler gave defense attorney John J.Carney III until July 5 to submit a psychiatric report on the condition of his client, who was arrested May 7 after a high-speed chase that ended with Germano crashing his pickup truck into the front door of The Buffalo News.

Prosecutor John L. Michalski told the judge psychologist Joseph Liebergal and psychiatrist S.K. Park both declared Germano, 38, unfit for trial without mental treatment. They examined him this week, the prosecutor said.

Germano, who is being kept in a guarded unit in the Erie County Medical Center because he refuses to take medication for his mental problems, complained to the judge about his current quarters.

Germano of Grant Street is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and reckless driving counts.

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