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A guy accused of leading police on a chase from Irvine to Oceanside, fleeing at speeds up to 120 mph before crashing into another car, was Friday ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial, San Diego DUI lawyers are told.

After reviewing a doctor’s report, Judge Theodore Weathers ruled that Jonathan David Taylor doesn’t understand the charges against him and can’t assist his criminal defense attorney at trial. He was reported as behaving incoherently and singing in court, San Diego DUI attorneys hear.

Taylor, 22, is charged with evading police with reckless driving, driving on a license suspended for DUI and obstructing an officer, San Diego DUI attorneys report.

Criminal proceedings will remain suspended as long as Taylor is deemed mentally incompetent.

He will be sent to Patton State Hospital for a maximum of three years.

Taylor was arrested along with a female teenage passenger the afternoon of Feb. 27 at the scene of the collision on Interstate 5.

California Highway Patrol officers initially tried to pull Taylor over for illegally crossing in and out of carpool lanes in a 1996 BMW 325i on southbound Interstate 405 in Orange County about 4:30 p.m.

Taylor, of Los Angeles, allegedly refused to yield and sped off to the south, eventually merging on to I-5 and crossing into San Diego County shortly after 5 p.m., according to San Diego DUI lawyers.

Minutes later, the fleeing driver lost control of the BMW, sending it crashing into a Saturn Ion at over 100 mph near state Route 78.

The crash destroyed the Saturn. Its driver, San Diego resident Dawn Ireland, 39, complained of pain and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Taylor and his 17-year-old passenger, meanwhile, refused repeated orders to get out of the crumpled BMW and surrender, according to San Diego DUI attorneys.

Officers finally smashed the windows of the car to get Taylor and the girl out. Neither was injured.

The teen was detained, then released to her mother, who drove from their Los Angeles home to pick her up, according to San Diego DUI criminal defense lawyers.

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