Judge Sets $100,000 Bond For Springfield Drunk Driver Accused Of Violating Probation

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man convicted of first degree manslaughter for his role in a drunk driving crash will likely remain in jail until a Greene County judge can evaluate if he violated the terms of his probation. 

Judge David Jones remanded 21-year-old Dylan Meyer to the Greene County jail Wednesday and set a $100,000 cash-only bond. Meyer was sentenced in February for his role in a 2015 crash that killed Kelly Williams. 

Jones gave Meyer five years probation on Feb. 19 and explained he would be subject to prison time if he violated the terms of that probation. 

The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s office filed a motion Monday to revoke Meyer’s probation, alleging he has tested positive for marijuana 11 times in the past two months. Jones then issued a warrant for Meyer’s arrest. 

Jones explained to Meyer Wednesday that he has a “zero-tolerance” policy when it comes to Meyer violating the terms of his probation. Jones had ordered Meyer to participate in the Greene County drug court program, go to school or work full-time, drive with an ignition interlock and stay away from controlled substances. 

Jones explained in court Wednesday that it appears there has been some miscommunication between the drug court, prosecutor’s office and the judge in Meyer’s case. Jones said he called for Meyer’s arrest Monday after only hearing about one positive test, only to learn from media coverage that prosecutors alleged he had 11 positive tests. 

Jones said the tests are merely allegations against Meyer at this point, and he will need to see evidence about the timeline of the tests and validity. 

Meyer’s attorney said drug court participants are given a window to detox themselves from substances, and explained the positive test results may be related to the detox. Meyer’s attorney said he passed a test April 11, the day he was taken into custody. 

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson confirmed drug court participants are usually given a 30-day window to detox from substances, in which the probation and parole office will not file a violation report for a failed drug test. However, Patterson said his office has evidence Meyer tested positive for THC as recently as April 5. 

“Drug court follows those scientific principals as well as probation and parole and so they wouldn’t issue a violation report until after that thirty days,” Patterson said. “And so the drug test in this case that triggered the motion to revoke in the action was just outside that 30 days. And that’s when the probation officer brought it to the attention of drug court and our office and we filed our motion to revoke.” 
 
Jones also defended his sentencing of Meyer Wednesday, saying he has reviewed similar past cases in Greene County and found offenders were given probation in most of them. 

Meyer could face up to 10 years in prison if the court finds he violated his probation. 

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