A Wisconsin man who led law enforcement on a high speed chase three years ago had his convictions upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday.
An Olmsted County District Court found Jasment Lamont Taylor, 34, guilty in June 2018 of escaping from custody following a lawful arrest for a felony offense, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and obstructing an arrest.
Taylor was sentenced in August 2018 by Judge Christina K. Stevens to concurrent sentences of 21 months on the escaping custody conviction and 19 months on fleeing conviction. At the time, he received 215 days credit for time already served. Two misdemeanor charges were dismissed as well as a petty misdemeanor charge.
In September 2016, Taylor led law enforcement on a chase after being pulled over for going around 71 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to court documents. Taylor initially stopped and identified himself but then refused to leave his car after a law enforcement learned there was an active arrest warrant for a parole violation on a robbery conviction in Wisconsin, according to court records.
Taylor appealed his convictions arguing that the district court erred by failing to dismiss the charges against him because he was not brought to trial on them within a mandated 180-day time period.
Following the September 2016 incident, Taylor wasn't located again until November 2017, when the Olmsted County Attorney received a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections stating that Taylor was incarcerated there on unrelated convictions. A warrant in Minnesota had been issued for Taylor's arrest.
When Taylor was brought to Minnesota, he requested that he not be sent back to Wisconsin until his Minnesota charges were resolved, according to court records.
In April 2018, Taylor asserted his right to a speedy trial and a trial date of June 11 was set.
On the first day of his trial, Taylor asserted that the trial was untimely because it was not within the 180-day mandated time frame. The district court ruled that Taylor waived the 180-day trial period because he had accepted the June 11 trial date and did not raise any objections in the period between scheduling and the commencement of trial.
"The district court found that the 180-day period began on December 11, 2017, indicating the detainer expired on June 9, 2018," according to the decision. "Trial began two days later."
Taylor argued that his defense counsel did not discover the time frame violation until the day of the trial but the high court ruled that there were at least three instances that even if his lawyer did not know exactly when the 180-day expired, the lawyer should have been aware the expiration date was approaching.