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Timothy William Cusick, from San Francisco, pushed Dr. Austen Chen out of his car on North Terrace around 1:50 am on March 20, before crashing the vehicle against a tree in nearby Richmond.

Baseballer who took LSD on a drink-filled date blamed a & # 39; bad trip & # 39; after he stole a car and crashed into a tree because he thought he was being chased

  • Timothy William Cusick took LSD on a drink-rich date with a woman
  • He carjacked academic Dr. Austen Chen before crashing into a tree
  • Dr. Chen is working on a new vaccine and says he has been traumatized by crime
  • Cusick said he was on a & # 39; bad trip & # 39; was and thought he was being chased
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An Adelaide medical researcher on the way to check animals testing a new vaccine was carjacked by an American baseball player on LSD and during a & # 39; bad trip & # 39; has heard a court.

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Timothy William Cusick, from San Francisco, pushed Dr. Austen Chen out of his car on North Terrace around 01.50 a.m. on March 20 before crashing into a tree in nearby Richmond.

The 28-year-old was playing baseball for Henley and Grange Baseball Club in Adelaide at the time and has been staying in Australia since his arrest.

His parents traveled from the US to be during Tuesday's hearing when Dr. Chen told the court that his team & # 39; years of hard work & # 39; had spent developing a new vaccine.

Timothy William Cusick, from San Francisco, pushed Dr. Austen Chen out of his car on North Terrace around 1:50 am on March 20, before crashing the vehicle against a tree in nearby Richmond.

Timothy William Cusick, from San Francisco, pushed Dr. Austen Chen out of his car on North Terrace around 1:50 am on March 20, before crashing the vehicle against a tree in nearby Richmond.

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& # 39; It has now entered a crucial phase of animal testing, which means that I & # 39; "He must constantly check animals in the morning," he said in a victim impact statement from prosecutor Georgina Nicholson.

& # 39; It is impossible for me to avoid this, otherwise we would never get scientifically valid results. & # 39;

He said he was deeply affected by the incident and has no choice but to continue his early morning shift.

& # 39; I know I'm not 100 percent okay … the fear and fear will be with me forever, unless I stop, & he said.

Marie Shaw said to Cusick earlier in the evening of carjacking that her client had met a woman, had taken in drunk whiskey and had LSD.

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She said he was in the middle of a & # 39; bad trip & # 39; sat at the time of the incident and tried to go to the airport to return to America because he believed he was being pursued and his life threatened.

Marie Shaw said to Cusick earlier in the evening of carjacking that her client had met a woman, had taken drunk whiskey and had LSD

Marie Shaw said to Cusick earlier in the evening of carjacking that her client had met a woman, had taken drunk whiskey and had LSD

Marie Shaw said to Cusick earlier in the evening of carjacking that her client had met a woman, had taken drunk whiskey and had LSD

Cusick, probably evicted at the end of his sentence, offered his & # 39; deepest apologies & # 39; to Dr. Chen on.

& # 39; It hurt me to read about the damage I did to you and your family and it makes me sick knowing that it was you who brought you through, & # 39; he said.

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& # 39; Not a day goes by that I don't think about what I did and the effect it must have had on those involved. & # 39;

Mrs. Shaw urged Judge Joanne Tracey to consider a suspended sentence, but Mrs. Nicholson called for an immediate prison sentence.

"This is a very bizarre and very unfortunate thing, that is undeniable," Nicholson said.

Cusick, who helped launch a baseball bat company in 2017, is guilty of theft and driving at a dangerous speed.

Judge Tracey continued his bail before being sentenced later this month.

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