Bench warrant issued for driver after violation

A bench warrant has been issued for a Minot teen facing a felony charge stemming from a January car crash that seriously injured a Bishop Ryan student. The warrant was issued for alleged violations of a court-ordered 24/7 sobriety program.

James Feeley, 18, Minot, was charged on Jan. 31 after allegedly driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 2 and colliding with another vehicle driven by Tyanna Weeks, 18, Minot.

Weeks sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to Trinity Hospital for treatment. Weeks has spent the last months receiving further treatment and rehabilitation at Craig Hospital, a neurorehabilitation and research hospital in Englewood, Colo.

According to court documents, Feeley was found to be under the influence and admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana wax before getting behind the wheel. Investigators said open containers and drug paraphernalia were located in his vehicle. Feeley made his initial appearance in North Central District Court on Feb. 15, pleading not guilty to Class C felony criminal vehicular injury and two infractions for possession of less than a half an ounce of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Judge Douglas Mattson ordered Feeley to pay a $4,000 bond, participate in the 24/7 Sobriety program during his release and not purchase, possess or consume any alcoholic beverages.

According to court records, an order to apprehend was served on March 14 after it was found that Feeley had failed two random breath tests the morning of March 11. The tests recorded Feeley’s blood alcohol content at .023 and .027. Feeley would later waive his preliminary hearing on May 9.

Additional filings were brought by the Ward County State’s Attorney’s office on May 16 after it was determined that Feeley had failed to appear for a May 8 breath test and obstructed the camera recording during another random breath test on May 16. Mattson issued another order to apprehend on Monday but it has not yet been served, according to court records.


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