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Mitchell man involved in multiple crashes gets 30 days in jail

A Mitchell man originally arrested in July on charges involving three crashes in a 40-minute period was sentenced Tuesday morning to spend 30 days in the Davison County Jail.

A Mitchell man originally arrested in July on charges involving three crashes in a 40-minute period was sentenced Tuesday morning to spend 30 days in the Davison County Jail.

Dahjrick Clark, 25, said at his sentencing hearing that he's been sober for the seven months and nine days since the incidents that led to his arrest. His attorney, Doug Dailey, said that since his arrest, Clark completed 45 days of treatment in Florida.

"This is not typical behavior for me, nor is it indicative of the type of person that I really am," Clark said. "Every run in with the law and every problem that I've had can be attributed to alcohol in some way or another."

Clark was convicted of simple assault and intentional property damage for using his vehicle to run into a woman's truck multiple times shortly after midnight on July 11, causing significant damage.

Clark then allegedly left the scene and drove off the road at the intersection of North Blair Street and 253rd Avenue, reportedly crashing into a fence. He was not convicted of any charges related to that incident.

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Traveling west about 65 mph, Clark lost control of his vehicle at 12:38 a.m. near 406th Avenue. His vehicle went off the side of the road, rolled several times in a soybean field and caught on fire, though Clark was able to escape by breaking a window. For that crash, Clark was convicted of a third-offense DUI.

According to court documents, the woman who called police said that Clark had shown up at her house near the scene of the last crash and that he had blood on him. Clark was transported to Avera Queen of Peace, where he gave a PBT of 0.189.

For the DUI conviction, Clark was given a suspended two-year prison sentence and ordered to spend 15 days in jail. His driving privileges were revoked for one year, although the court allowed him to obtain a permit for work purposes.

Clark was sentenced to an additional 15 days in jail for intentional property damage, and he was given a suspended five-year prison sentence. He did not receive any jail or prison time for the simple assault conviction.

Judge Chris Giles gave Clark five years and two years of probation for property damage and the DUI, respectively. The two probationary sentences are set to run consecutively.

"He needs the long period of supervision," said Bob O'Keefe, chief deputy state's attorney for Davison County, adding that Clark seems to do well when under some sort of supervision.

Between all three charges of which he was convicted, Clark was ordered to pay $2,250 in fines, $1,530 in restitution, $299.50 in court costs and a $50 DUI surcharge.

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