State v. Kader
A court can find that a delay of nearly 15 months between the date that an arrest warrant is issued and the date that a defendant is arrested is not reasonable. On June 14, 2011, the defendant, Gregory Kader, allegedly collided with a parked motor vehicle and went to the hospital. The police obtained a search warrant for the defendant's medical records and, on Oct. 19, 2011, an arrest warrant was issued for driving under the influence. On Jan. 13, 2013, the police arrested the defendant, in connection with the June 2011, motor-vehicle accident, after they responded to the scene of another motor-vehicle accident that involved the same defendant. The defendant moved to dismiss. Connecticut General Statutes §54-193(c) provides, "No person may be prosecuted for any offense, other than an offense set forth in subsection (a) or (b) of this section, except within one year next after the offense has been committed." No evidence existed that the defendant attempted to hide from or to evade the police. The state failed to prove that the delay of nearly 15 months between the date that the arrest warrant was issued and the date that the arrest warrant was served was reasonable. The court granted the defendant's motion to dismiss.