Mahdi Patton, who broke both Sam Humleker's legs, charged with five felonies
|Mahdi Patton: charged with five felonies for breaking Sam Humleker's legs|
While fleeing police at the intersection of East 42nd Street and 13th Avenue South, Patton's grey GMC Yukon hit Humleker's dark green Subaru Forrester with such force that Humleker's car flipped several times. Patton jumped from his Yukon and ran.
Once police caught up with him, he admitted he'd been smoking pot and that he thought he'd killed Humleker. When the cops explained that Humleker had lived, he grew philosophical:
"I gotta deal with the consequences of what I got myself into," Patton said.
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Patton admitted that he intentionally fled police because he was on the run from the workhouse, according to the criminal complaint.
Meanwhile, Humleker is at Hennepin County Medical Center, recovering from a five-hour surgery to repair the damage to his legs. He will remain at the hospital throughout the week, says his mother, Cordelia Anderson. The family is grateful that Sam suffered no internal injuries or brain damage.
"He's had some serious major pain and major discomfort, but overall is making some of the progress that he needs to, and continues to be thankful that he's got the pain to deal with--as opposed to the alternative," Anderson says.
A full recovery, Anderson reports, could take as long as a year and a half.
Patton could be facing an extensive time in prison for his reckless act. Motor vehicle theft carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and a $20,000 fine. Fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle with injury or death has a maximum sentence of 40 years and $80,000, and each count of criminal vehicular homicide could bring a penalty of 10 years and $10,000.