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Hayfield man claims threats and racist comments led to crash in Dodge County

May 19 – HAYFIELD, Minn. – A Hayfield man is facing five charges after an alleged verbal altercation led to a two-vehicle crash in Hayfield on Thursday, May 16, 2024.

Jonathan La Mont Fisher, 36, of Hayfield, faces one misdemeanor count, a gross misdemeanor, and three charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree. The charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 16, 2024, Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in Hayfield regarding a driving complaint. The reporting party told dispatch that three individuals were in a car traveling north on Sixth Avenue Northeast when a blue SUV cut off their vehicle and attempted to push them into the ditch. The reporting party identified a man known as “John-John,” the court document said. Police informed officers that the man may have been Fisher, who drives a blue Ford Escape.

A short time later, dispatch received a second call from the reporting party, stating that the blue SUV had struck their vehicle and left in an unknown direction. The caller reported no injuries and said they would remain at the scene of the collision.

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A deputy went to Fisher’s home where he observed the blue Ford Escape. Fisher, a black man, told the deputy that he was at the grocery store when the reporter and a witness shouted racial slurs at him. Fisher said he then got into his car and claimed the two individuals followed him around town in their car. During this time, Fisher said, the vehicle carrying the other individuals was traveling east on Second Street Northwest, and Fisher was traveling west when, he alleged, the other vehicle moved completely into his lane and he was unable to swerve out of the way . which resulted in the other vehicle hitting his.

Fisher said he then went to his residence. Shortly afterwards, the two people plus a third person, an adult woman, showed up at his home “with weapons and threatened to cut off his head,” according to the court document.

The deputy then noticed the side damage to Fisher’s SUV. Based on the damage and the reported direction of travel of the vehicles, the deputy determined that at least one of the vehicles must have been on the wrong side of the road for the damage to occur.

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Meanwhile, another deputy spoke with the reporting party, who stated that he, the driver, and the witness were driving through town to play basketball when they saw “John-John” at the grocery store. The witness claimed they wanted to say hello to ‘John-John’, but when they stopped to talk, ‘John-John’ got into his car and started chasing them, almost running them off the road several times. They eventually drove east on Minnesota Highway 30/Second Street Northwest and “John-John” drove west toward them, the witness alleged. The driver of their car swerved to avoid a head-on collision, and “John-John” rammed into their vehicle, causing damage, according to court documents.

The deputy observed a Kia Forte with extensive damage to the passenger side.

The driver of the Kia also said he was afraid and had not heard any racist comments from the reporter or the witness.

Police contacted a homeowner who had a camera on the roadway. After reviewing the footage, police determined that “Fisher’s vehicle intentionally struck the driver’s vehicle,” according to the court document.

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Fisher was subsequently arrested. While being read his Miranda rights twice, he stated both times that he did not understand them, “so he was transported to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center without questioning.”

Fisher is being held at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. No bail amount has been set.

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