Man who allegedly fled police facing more charges

Published 10:15 am Friday, September 2, 2016

A 26-year-old Rochester man who pleaded not guilty to nearly backing into a squad car and then fleeing police in mid-August now faces additional charges.

Jessy Dominguez

Jessy Dominguez

Jessy Dian Dominguez pleaded not guilty to four charges after fleeing police: a felony for fleeing a police officer in a vehicle, two gross misdemeanors for DWIs, and misdemeanor for driving with a revoked license.

Now he also faces an additional felony charge for violating a domestic abuse no contact order.

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The incident stems to a July 9 Olmsted County case in which Dominguez allegedly choked and threatened to kill the victim.

According court records, Dominguez and the victim met on Aug. 16 in Rochester to try to work on their relationship, but he snapped after the victim told him to stop drinking because he had to work the next day.

Dominguez decided he wanted to go for a cruise and, according to the victim, forced her and her children into the car to drive to Austin.

The victim told police she was scared because Dominguez drove at a high speed to his cousin’s, claiming he was “going to get a gun” to the person the victim was currently dating.

The victim then walked away with her children, despite Dominguez trying to urger her to get into the car, but she said he was driving too fast and would get into an accident.

Just after midnight on Aug. 17, Dominguez backed the car into the street of the 800 block of West Oakland Avenue, causing a police officer on a routine patrol to swerve his vehicle to avoid hitting the car, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger and the court complaint. The officer followed the vehicle, which turned onto Ninth Street Southwest without a signal or proper lane change. He also noticed Dominguez tried to speed up and make quick turns to avoid the officer. Dominguez continued to do this for several blocks and when the officer turned his lights on, the vehicle sped ahead and ran a stop sign.

On Seventh Street, Dominguez stopped his vehicle and fled on foot. The officer told him to stop, but after Dominguez continued to run, he shocked the man with a Taser and handcuffed him.

Dominguez tried to flee again while the officer waited for back up, but the officer shocked him again with the Taser and controlled him until more officers arrived. Gold Cross also responded to the scene.

He was transported to the Mower County jail for a DWI and was held because he didn’t cooperate with the police. His blood alcohol content was 0.12, according to court records.

The victim contacted police to get her car, telling them Dominguez did not have permission to take it.

While Dominguez admitted to drinking, he said he did not force anyone into the car.

Dominguez was convicted of domestic abuse-related offenses in 2008 and 2012.

Dominguez is due in court for a March 3, 2017, pretrial and March 13, 2017, trial for both cases.