HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Hill County man already sentenced for his role in a burglary ring has pleaded guilty to two new charges and admitted to being involved in a high-speed pursuit last month in Havre.
Jaylen Jake Crazyboy pleaded guilty to one count of felony criminal endangerment and one count of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (1st offense) in Hill County District Court on Monday.
In the plea agreement, Crazyboy admitted that on August 8th, 2020, he drove under the influence of alcohol and, “engaged in conduct that created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another.”
If Judge Kaydee Snipes-Ruiz upholds the plea agreement at sentencing, the remaining 14 charges will be dismissed. That includes 10 additional counts of felony criminal endangerment, as well as the misdemeanors of reckless driving, fleeing from or eluding a Peace Officer, Driving with a Suspended License, and being a Habitual Traffic Offender.
Court documents state that Crazyboy was the driver of a 2009 Nissan Maxima that engaged in a high-speed chase in Havre. While the pursuit was ongoing, Crazyboy eluded officers, drove through numerous stoplights, went the wrong way down a one way street, drove 60 miles an hour in city limits, and intentionally struck a patrol vehicle. During the pursuit, several vehicles had to pull off to the side of the road to avoid colliding with Crazyboy’s Nissan.
The vehicle pursuit portion of the chase ended after Crazyboy struck a tree on 8th Avenue. Crazyboy attempted to flee the scene, but was apprehended on the 700 block of 1st Street.
Sentencing in this case is set for October 13th. The plea agreement did not make a sentencing recommendation.
Crazyboy remains in the Hill County Detention Center, where he has been since August 8th.
He has already been sentenced to three concurrent sentences of 10 years in the Department of Corrections, five of those suspended, after being convicted of three felonies and admitting to being the leader of a burglary ring.
The high-speed chase occurred after Crazyboy had entered his guilty pleas in the burglary cases but prior to sentencing, as he had posted bond.