A Howard man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity, to an assault charge stemming from an incident in February of this year. 60-year-old Brian Quinlan of Howard was arrested on February 14th, following a pursuit through Lake and Miner Counties.
Madison Police officers had been dispatched to a business in the 100-block of North Egan Avenue for a report of someone threatening people with a knife. The man left the business prior to officers’ arrival and was located at the intersection of Egan Avenue and Center Street. officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the man’s vehicle, but he failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. Officers later apprehended near his residence in Howard, with the assistance of the Miner County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Pat Pardy found that there was clear and convincing evidence that Quinlan was not guilty by reason of insanity, and ordered that he be committed to the Human Services Center in Yankton, until such time that HSC believes he has recovered and does not pose a danger to persons or property. Quinlan had been held in the Lake County Jail since his arrest in February.