The alleged theft of a $30,000 car or truck from a Rice Lake automotive rental support has resulted in a felony cost against a New Richmond man, in accordance to a grievance filed Monday, April 25, 2022, in Barron County Circuit Court.
The defendant is discovered as 35-12 months-outdated Andrew J. Otten, 323 S. Pierson Ave., New Richmond.
Officers at Business Lease-A-Auto, at the Rice Lake airport, instructed Rice Lake law enforcement that the defendant leased a 2022 Nissan Altima on Feb. 14, 2022, skipped a payment, and refused to return it when an agent with the company contacted him on March 19.
When he was educated that if he did not return the automobile, it would be outlined as stolen, “the defendant produced a comment that if (it) was stolen, Company Hire-A-Car or truck would have to obtain it.”
An Eau Claire police officer spotted the automobile on March 20 and, soon after a superior-pace chase, arrested the driver. But the driver wasn’t the defendant. Safety footage later on confirmed a guy and girl acquiring out of the car before it was pursued by police. Neither was apprehended.
Courtroom information claimed the defendant has been sent a summons and is scheduled to make an first physical appearance May possibly 25. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $25,000 high-quality.