A man accused of endangering police officers and attempting to flee during an officer-involved shooting in October 2018 pleaded guilty to one of those charges Wednesday and had the other charge dismissed.
Jared Galusha, 27, pleaded guilty to fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. A charge of reckless endangerment was dismissed by South Central District Judge James Hill after he agreed to the terms of a plea agreement made by Galusha’s attorney, Kent Morrow, and Gabrielle Goter, Morton County assistant state’s attorney.
Galusha was a passenger in a car but took control of it in an attempt to flee from officers who were trying to arrest him for outstanding warrants, Goter said. Mandan Police Officer Leo Belgarde fired two rounds at Galusha, believing Galusha meant to hit him with the car. An affidavit in the case says one shot struck Galusha. North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation reviewed the case. No charges were filed against Belgarde.
Galusha, who is in prison on a matter not related to this case, on Wednesday agreed to the facts presented by Goter. He told Hill he’s changed since he’s been in prison and now has a son, which he called a blessing.
“I’m missing out,” Galusha said, adding “I almost lost my life over something stupid.”
Hill sentenced Galusha to one year and one day in prison with 205 days credit for time served. The time will be served concurrently with the sentence he’s serving now.
“I hope you can step up from here,” Hill said.