Last updated: May 13. 2014 4:20PM - 2144 Views
By Ilene Haluska ihaluska@civitasmedia.com

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DARKE COUNTY – One Greenville young man could lose out on getting community assistance and help from abusing alcohol and drugs because of a pending sentence in another county.

Dustin L. Taylor, 24, of Greenville and Troy, was sentenced on Monday at the Darke County Courthouse to 18 months in prison for aggravated vehicular assault due to a traffic crash that occurred last fall.

Six months of that time could take place in Dayton through the MonDay Community Correctional Institution. MonDay allows offenders to get drug and alcohol treatment, while assisting them in job training before being released, according to Judge Jonathan P. Hein of the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

While Taylor was in Darke County Monday to face sentencing for the crash, he is currently being held on charges at the Miami County Jail in Troy for criminal trespassing, and two counts related to having a weapon while under the influence and intoxicated, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office

The Miami County offense could compromises Taylor’s opportunity to get help.

Judge Hein told Taylor that if the Miami Courts give him more than a year for the Miami case, he could lose the opportunity to be in the MonDay Community program.

Assistant Darke County Prosecutor, Jesse Green, recommended a year in prison for Taylor’s aggravated vehicular assault charge, because Taylor was originally arrested on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Taylor’s girlfriend was injured during the crash on Sept. 12, 2013 and is seeking payment for the medical bills of $5,000 or $1,000 a year for five years.

Taylor told Judge Hein that Taylor’s girlfriend and another individual in the vehicle were arguing when the crash occurred.

Green, however, called the crash an “incident” rather than an “accident,” because of the claim that alcohol was involved, but that charge was dropped. When Judge Hein asked about the amount of blood alcohol content, court officials didn’t have it. While Taylor admitted to having an alcohol and drug problem in court, he had refused an alcohol test at the time of the crash.

Randall Breaden, defense attorney for Taylor, said that the 18-month sentence could run concurrently or consecutively to Taylor’s sentence in Miami County.

Breaden and Judge Hein also said that Taylor never had the chance to try community control sanctions and could face not having a job after being released from prison, substance abuse and be a risk to society.

“You’ve worked your way up the poll of nuisances,” said Judge Hein, calling Taylor a “high risk” individual who keeps getting into “worse and worse” situations, which is why he is recommending the MonDay program. He also cited Taylor’s court history starting with alcohol and drug abuse at age 11.

Taylor was remorseful and teary eyed during the hearing. He told the court that he doesn’t go looking for victims and could understand why his girlfriend would want help to pay her medical bills.

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