Man who crashed into building fleeing from police gets jail time.

June 18, 2019

Colt Crittenden, left, with attorney Ryan Glanville

Man who crashed into building fleeing from police gets jail time.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 24-year-old Mears man was sentenced to seven months in jail Monday, June 17, in 27th Circuit Court for convictions of fleeing and eluding police and second-offense operating while intoxicated.

Colt Crittenden, of 1476 Shore Dr., pleaded guilty to the charges, April 22. At that hearing, Crittenden 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 has been “abusing substances due to mental health problems and many other reasons,” said his attorney Ryan Glanville, adding that his client is planning to enter a long-term treatment program.

“I know I messed up, and l’m looking to get help as soon as I can,” Crittenden said.

“You make really bad decisions primarily driven by mental issues,” Judge Springstead said. “If you don’t address them, next time you’re going to prison.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are five to 23 months

Crittenden received credit for 137 days served in jail.

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