Legal Story Of The Day

 Posted by on 8 August 2005 at 1:37 pm  Uncategorized
Aug 082005

I heard this on NPR as one of the amusing stories of the day.

An Iowa man who was supposed to face trial on criminal drug charges in South Dakota failed to appear as scheduled. Instead, he had apparently been involved in a DUI hit-and-run car accident in another county, and when the police came to investigate, he led them on a high-speed chase that only ended when he crashed his (stolen) pickup truck into a government building.

In an attempt to elude the pursuing policemen, he ran into the building and attempted to barricade himself in a room, which turned out to be the courtroom where his trial was supposed to have been held. The confused jurors were just about to leave, having just been instructed by the judge to go home because the defendant hadn’t shown up.

After a brief struggle, he was then arrested “on charges of failure to appear in court, felony eluding and driving under the influence.”

Sometimes, justice works out in mysterious ways…

(Here are a few links from the Argus Leader, KelolandTV, and the Des Moines Register.)

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