A woman charged with eluding police while allegedly driving on the wrong side of Interstate 90 is back in jail after reportedly committing the same offense this month. She had been released to undergo mental health treatment.
Marguerite Martin, 52, was arrested Nov. 15 after police found her driving on the wrong side of I-90 in Lyman County, according to court records. On Wednesday, she was returned to the Pennington County Jail, where she is being held without bond.
Martin has pending charges of aggravated eluding and driving on the wrong side of the road in an alleged Jan. 20 incident. Police said she traveled west on the eastbound lane of I-90 in New Underwood for about 15 miles until a sheriff’s deputy used a special pursuit tactic to stop her car in the Box Elder area.
In October, 7th Circuit Judge Robert Mandel found Martin incompetent to stand trial. He ordered her released from jail so she could receive mental health treatment before her criminal case can continue. She was rearrested after violating the conditions of her bond, which included obeying all laws.
On Monday, Martin reappeared at the Pennington County Courthouse, where the judge said he wasn’t comfortable releasing her back to the community.
“It’s unsafe both for her and everybody else,” Mandel said. Martin, who is homeless, is waiting to be treated at the South Dakota Human Services Hospital in Yankton.
Martin’s lawyer, Jeff Fransen, told the court he hadn’t planned to discuss her jail bond following the recent wrong-way driving allegation. Fransen said he would discuss Martin’s options with the case prosecutor.
Fransen said also he believed Lyman County wasn’t going to charge Martin in the Nov. 15 incident.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lyman County, law enforcement officers found Martin’s vehicle stopped on I-90, near mile marker 255, in Oacoma. Martin reportedly told the officers she needed gas to get back on the road, and one of them helped her add some gas in the tank.
One of the officers followed Martin to make sure she made it to a gas station, when he saw her make a “left hand u-turn across both lanes of traffic, nearly causing a collision with another motorist,” the affidavit reads. “Marguerite then began to travel east in the west bound lanes of I-90.”
The officer tried to get Martin to stop, but she continued driving for about a mile in the wrong direction, according to the affidavit. She then reportedly made another left-hand U-turn to return to the opposite side of the interstate.
Police said Martin’s vehicle eventually stopped near mile marker 210, by the border of Lyman and Jones counties, after the Jones County sheriff laid out spike strips to puncture her tires.
Martin is due back at the Pennington County Courthouse on Dec. 4.
Her charge of aggravated eluding, a felony, carries a two-year prison sentence. Driving on the wrong side of the road, a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 30 days in county jail.