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Colfax man sentenced to jail time, probation for battery and auto theft

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE —  A 30-year-old Colfax man has been sentenced to time in jail and probation for several counts of battery, stealing a vehicle in the Town of Tainter, and bail jumping.

David J. Andrle appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court September 9 on a number of charges, including stealing a vehicle and striking another man in the head with a gun.

Court records list Andrle’s address as Colfax and as Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Andrle was implicated in an incident that occurred in Colfax on August 15 when the Colfax Police Department, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, and the Colfax Rescue Squad were dispatched to River Street in Colfax where a man had been hit in the head with a gun.

Two men fled the scene in a vehicle that was later located in the Pioneer Bar parking lot.

One of the men, Matthew Adix of Colfax, was apprehended, but deputies were unable to find the other man, even with the use of a tracking dog and night vision instruments.

On August 16, a Dunn County deputy was dispatched to an address on 797th Avenue in the Town of Tainter in reference to a stolen vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, the St. Paul Police Department had contacted Dunn County about a suspect named David Andrle who was operating a 1995 Chevrolet Express Van with a Wisconsin license plate number with an ignition that had been “punched.”

The St. Paul Police Department requested assistance in making contact with the registered owner of the vehicle to see if he knew where his vehicle was and who was operating it.

When the Dunn County deputy asked the registered owner of the van if he knew where his vehicle was, the man stated that it was under his carport.

The owner of the vehicle, described as an elderly gentleman on oxygen, was able to look out his front door, and, “much to his surprise, his car was not under the carport where he thought it was.”

The vehicle’s owner made it clear to the deputy that he had not given anyone permission to take or use his vehicle.

The deputy advised that the suspect who was found with the vehicle was believed to be on the run to evade apprehension.

At the time of the August 16 incident, Andrle had signed a $650 signature bond in connection with a case of battery that occurred in Colfax last February; had signed a $200 bond related to a separate Dunn County case in which he was charged with domestic disorderly conduct in April; and a $500 bond in another Dunn County case in which he had been charged in July with disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and bail jumping.

During the September 9 hearing, Andrle pleaded no contest, and Judge James Peterson found the defendant guilty of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent, substantial battery intending bodily harm, battery, and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Judge Peterson dismissed four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, four counts of disorderly conduct, and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Andrle was sentenced to 108 days in jail and two years of probation.

He also was ordered to pay a little more than $750 in court costs.