Mitchell man accused of crashing three times pleads guilty
A Mitchell man arrested in July in connection with three crashes in 40 minutes pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to three charges before a Davison County court.
Dahjrick Clark, 25, pleaded guilty to a third-offense DUI, simple assault and intentional property damage between $2,500 and $5,000. He will be sentenced in six weeks to allow time for a presentence investigation to be completed.
“Mr. Clark, you have a lot of things going on here, and you have some history,” Judge Chris Giles said when ordering a presentence investigation report.
Clark pleaded not guilty to three felonies and four misdemeanors on Oct. 9. As part of his plea agreement, in exchange for his guilty pleas to the DUI, assault and property damage charges, the state dropped the remainder of Clark’s charges.
Clark’s attorney, Doug Dailey, said that the defense and the state will both be recommending that Clark be sentenced to a two years in the state penitentiary for the third-offense DUI and five years for intentional property damage, that both sentences be suspended and run consecutively and that Clark pay $1,250 in restitution.
Clark was arrested on July 11 after three incidents. The first incident, for which police were called to a Mitchell residence at 12:08 a.m., occurred when Clark reportedly became angry with a woman when she called her mother to pick up herself and her son. According to court documents, Clark got into his truck and drove it twice into the rear of the woman’s mother’s truck.
He then allegedly drove away and went off the road near the intersection of North Blair Street and 253rd Avenue, crashing into a fence at about 12:30 a.m.
The final incident reportedly occurred eight minutes later, when Clark drove about two miles west at 65 mph. He lost control of the vehicle, and it landed in a soybean field, rolled several times and caught on fire. Clark was able to get out of the vehicle by breaking a window, and he was transported to the hospital for his injuries. No one was injured in the first two crashes.