Mears man faces jail after crashing into building during police chase.

April 22, 2019

Mears man faces jail after crashing into building during police chase.

Colt Crittenden and defense attorney Ryan Glanville.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 24-year-old Mears man faces serving up to nine months in jail after pleading guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, April 22, to fleeing and eluding police and second-offense operating while intoxicated.

Colt Crittenden, of 1476 Shore Dr., admitted that he fled from police Dec. 3, 2018 in the City of Hart.

“How did this chase end?” Judge Robert D. Springstead asked. “Badly,” Crittenden answered. “I hit a brick wall of a building.

Crittenden suffered a concussion, numerous facial cuts and a broken femur as a result of the crash, he said. “How much whiskey did you have?” the judge asked. “A lot,” he answered, stating that he drank an amount ranging from “between a pint and a fifth.”

Crittenden’s attorney Ryan Glanville requested that his client be placed in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, Teen Challenge, and Springstead said he will consider that at the time of sentencing, which is June 17 at 9 a.m.

“I spent 17 years doing criminal defense, and I never had one person complete it,” Springstead said regarding Teen Challenge. As a prosecutor, he said one person completed it but then later reoffended. “It’s a hard program,” he added.

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