Shell Lake man sentenced in 2016 high-speed pursuit

Jackson Smith – photo from Washburn County Sheriff's Office

Danielle Danford | Staff writer

SHELL LAKE – Jackson Smith, 20, Shell Lake, was sentenced in Washburn County Court on Monday, July 24, for a felony charge of vehicle operator flee/elude officer.

According to court records, Smith was charged with the offense in October 2016 after he led law enforcement on a high-speed chase in which he drove so dangerously that officers discontinued the pursuit due to Smith’s complete disregard for life displayed in his driving behavior. He was later charged with the felony offense and 23 traffic violations.

In May, Smith pleaded guilty to the felony charge and the 23 traffic violations were dismissed. The charge of vehicle operator flee/elude officer, a class I felony, has a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and/or three years, six months’ prison. Smith also faces losing his operating privileges for six months.

At his sentencing hearing on July 24, Smith was sentenced to three years’ probation, on the condition of six months of jail time if he violates his probation. Smith must also complete an AODA assessment, maintain absolute sobriety, not possess any controlled substances, unless prescribed, and comply with a curfew.