Driver pleads guilty to Broadway crash

A Minot man charged with multiple felonies after crashing his vehicle into a North Broadway business last fall has been sentenced after entering into a plea agreement with state prosecutors.

Jonathan Thomas Taylor, 24, Minot, entered his change of plea at a hearing on Wednesday of guilty to a single Class C felony count of criminal vehicular injury and misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a motor vehicle and aggravated reckless driving. Two counts for Class B felony criminal mischief-willful damage of more than $10,000 and a Class C felony duty in accident involving death or injury were dismissed in accordance with the plea agreement.

Taylor was arrested following an incident on the evening of Oct. 16 on North Broadway when a vehicle he was driving crashed into a business and injured a 27-year-old female employee working at the time. According to court records, Taylor fled the scene following the crash before being arrested nearby. Taylor later told investigators he had consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms before getting behind the wheel and began experiencing a “bad trip.” The victim was treated at Trinity Hospital for a ruptured spleen, a lacerated liver and a broken collar bone.

North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar sentenced Taylor to serve two years of a five-year sentence with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, granting him credit for a single day already served. Taylor will be required to complete three years of supervised probation upon release and was ordered to have no contact with the victim and maintain a 200- foot distance provision. Taylor was also assessed $1,100 in court fines and fees.


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