Charges added for in hit-and-run, dragging of Army recruiter - KMSP-TV

Charges upped for man accused of hitting, dragging Army recruiter

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Last month, a man who shouldn't have been behind the wheel admitted hitting a pair of Army recruiters in a parking lot and dragging one for nearly a mile. Now, he's facing even more serious charges.

The amended charges may change Enrico Taylor's fate, and could even keep him from the string of criminal activity police say he is known for.

Originally, Taylor faced three charges of criminal vehicular operation, two of which were felonies. The newest charges accuse him of felony assault, and that means that if he is convicted, he could serve a much longer sentence.

For police and prosecutors in Ramsey County, news of the upgraded charges should be a relief to residents.

"I was very grateful that new information arose because it was so outrageous," Ramsey County Attorney John Choi told Fox 9 News.

After reading through fresh witness accounts and learning more details about the injuries Sgt. Travis Torgerson sustained, Choi is very clear on where he stands on Taylor's case.

"We're able to amend the charges upward, so now the defendant is (also) facing 1st-degree assault charges and second-degree assault charges," he said.

Those charges were added on top of the original three, with the latest criminal complaint against Taylor citing several witness accounts that detail how Taylor dragged Torgerson while fleeing the scene of the crash.

Choi said he believes the most egregious fact about the ordeal is that Taylor knew about his victim.

"He knows he's underneath the car. He gets out of the car, sees him, kicks him like a football and gets back into the car, drives again and sees him again," Choi recounted. "He had two opportunities to do the right thing, and he chose not to."

Taylor's license was revoked at the time of the offense, and the criminal complaint also claims that he suffers vision problems.

Furthermore, Choi describes Taylor as a "frequent flier" in the criminal justice system. The updated criminal complaint details 11 prior felony convictions, including 6 since 2004.

The maximum sentence Taylor faces is 20 years if convicted on all counts, and he has demanded a speedy trial. That means he'll appear in court on Dec. 9. Investigators are still waiting on test results to see whether Taylor was under the influence during the offense.

Meanwhile, Torgerson remains in the hospital. He suffered several injuries and has since undergone five surgeries. His loved ones are looking forward to a benefit scheduled to take place at Calgary Church in Roseville on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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