Worthington man arrested on several warrantsWORTHINGTON — When a Worthington Police Officer spotted Steven Xanaxay Sunday afternoon, he immediately notified dispatch and turned on his overhead lights.
WORTHINGTON — When a Worthington Police Officer spotted Steven Xanaxay Sunday afternoon, he immediately notified dispatch and turned on his overhead lights.
The officer knew there were warrants out for Xanaxay’s arrest and that his driver’s license was revoked.
Xanaxay is now facing more charges, because, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday afternoon, he refused to stop. He also allegedly had a pipe with methamphetamine residue and was driving under the influence of meth at the time of his arrest.
The complaint states he was unable to perform some of the physical tests for the drug evaluation, was “fidgety” and appeared to have dilated pupils. During the evaluation, he allegedly told the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) he had smoked meth that day and didn’t stop his vehicle right away because he didn’t want to stop in an alley.
Charges filed in Nobles County District Court accuse Xanaxay of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, driving while impaired under the influence of a controlled substance, driving after revocation and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“We have a whole drawer full of files with your name on them,” Judge Jeffrey Flynn told Xanaxay Tuesday during a short hearing. “What is the matter with you?”
Outstanding warrants were issued Jan. 12 for Xanaxay’s failure to appear for an arraignment on a driving after revocation case; on Feb. 5 for failing to appear on a drug possession charge; and on April 19 for failure to appear at a plea hearing on a domestic assault/strangulation case.
“You didn’t grace us with your presence,” Flynn commented. “This is the first time you’ve managed to show up in court on any of these.”
Nobles County Assistant Attorney Travis Smith asked Flynn to set bail of at least $10,000 on each felony count, stating he does consider Xanaxay a threat to public safety.
“He has been on the lam for the past six to seven months and has complete disregard for the law and the courts,” Smith said. “There is nothing to suggest he’ll return to court.”
Flynn set bail at a total of $50,000 cash or bond, with the conditions he abstain from drugs and alcohol, submit to random testing and report any change of address.