Judge Orders Mental Health Evaluation for Clarett

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Maurice Clarett, arrested after a bizarre and violent encounter in which he was caught by police with four guns following a chase, has been ordered to have a mental health evaluation by a judge.

The judge delayed a trial set to begin Monday on previous charges accusing the ex-Ohio State football star of holding up two people outside a bar on New Year's Day.

Judge David Fais ordered the evaluation against the wishes of Clarett and his attorneys, citing the events surrounding Clarett's arrest early Wednesday.

"I clearly understand everything, and I don't [see] why we have to drag this thing out," said Clarett, who scoffed, smiled, and rolled his head back when Fais ordered the evaluation.

Clarett said he was ready to go to trial on Monday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.