Patterson sentenced to two years in prison

Published 8:30 am Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dargan Max Patterson, 24mik

Dargan Max Patterson, 24, of Austin was sentenced on Wednesday in Mower County District Court to 24 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony violating a domestic abuse no contact order.

He received concurrent sentences of 24 months in prison for felony predatory offender failing to register and 13 months in prison for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

He received credit for 117 days served.

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Judge Kevin Siefken issued the sentences.

Patterson was first arrested on Sept. 4 after fleeing on a motorcycle from police who were trying to pull him over for a broken tail light on Sept. 3. Patterson crashed the motorcycle at the intersection of Fifth Street and 13th Avenue Southeast. He was able to escape on foot, but was arrested when police found out where he was living. He told the police he ran because he “wasn’t ready to go to jail.”

A warrant was put out for Patterson’s arrest after an incident on Oct. 9 when police went to a residence in the 200 block of 25th Street Southwest on a call concerning two women not leaving the residence.

Police learned Patterson had been living at the residence with a woman who has a domestic assault no contact order against him. Patterson had invited the two women over after he got into an argument with the female resident, but ran when he learned she was calling the police.

Mower County deputies arrested Patterson on the warrant on Oct. 26 at a residence in the 200 block of Pine Street in Dexter. Chief Deputy Mark May, who knew Patterson was a predatory offender, asked a deputy to find out how long Patterson had been living at the residence. Patterson told the deputy “a couple of days.” A check with the State of Minnesota Predatory Offender Registration website showed Patterson had not updated his address.

A review of Patterson’s criminal history shows prior convictions for drug possession, theft, tampering with a motor vehicle, damage to property, violating predatory offender registration requirements, obstructing officer duties, disorderly conduct, domestic assault and violating a domestic abuse no contact order.

He is awaiting trial on a charge of gross misdemeanor third-degree damage to property, to which he has pleaded not guilty. His pre-trial is scheduled for April 20.