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Washington man faces jail time for reckless driving

A Washington man could face jail time for four misdemeanors and one infraction charge stemming from a July incident in Dickinson.

"We have a whole mess of cases here," Judge William Herauf told Nathan L. Streitt, who did not have an attorney to represent him at Tuesday's pretrial conference at the Stark County Courthouse. "You're in some potential trouble, sir."

According to the citation filed with Stark County District Court, Streitt, 31, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was operating an off-road vehicle and driving recklessly July 11 on State Avenue in Dickinson. Both charges are Class B


Streitt is also charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor, Class B misdemeanor driving without liability insurance, and failure to register an ATV, which is an infraction. All charges stem from the July 11 incident.

Streitt faces a maximum penalty of one year and three months in prison and a $5,500 fine if convicted of all charges.

The Stark County State's Attorney Office requested to delay the pretrial conference for another three weeks in order to try and work out a potential deal, but Assistant State's Attorney Jim Hope said the state would be recommending jail time, although he did not elaborate on how much time would be recommended.

Herauf agreed to the extension, but reminded Streitt that he did not have to accept the state's offer.

If a deal is not reached, the case will be bound over for trial.

In other court:

Jared C. Dillon, 22, Dickinson, requested more time to consider an offer from the state's attorney office.

Dillon is accused of Class B felony aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

There are also two other cases pending against him and all three cases will be put on hold.

Dillon fractured the nose and caused the loss of sight in his victim's left eye on Feb. 17, according to the amended criminal complaint.

Brian Dennis Rice, 59, who was accused of terrorizing, a Class C felony, had the charges dropped against him Tuesday.

He allegedly threatened to slit another person's throat on May 3, according to the criminal complaint. The threat was made to the victim's mother.

The state also moved to dismiss the Class A misdemeanor depriving an animal of necessary food and water charge against co-defendants Christopher Dschaak and Karilynn Neulman, both of Dickinson, whose cases were to be consolidated.

Hope said the motion to dismiss would be finalized by the end of the week.