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Roth reaches plea agreement in case where 9-year-old was driving

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BALSAM LAKE  —  A Glenwood City man has reached a plea agreement in Polk County concerning a case where his girlfriend’s nine-year-old child was allowed to drive while they were both highly intoxicated.

Jason R. Roth, 36, pleaded guilty in Polk County Circuit Court June 2 to one felony count of recklessly endangering safety.

Roth initially was charged with two felony counts of recklessly endangering safety and two misdemeanor counts of endangering a child.

The second felony count and the misdemeanor counts were dismissed but will be read into the record for sentencing.

Roth and Amanda R. Eggert, 32, also of Glenwood City, were charged in connection to an incident that happened the afternoon of January 30 when Polk County deputies discovered a nine-year-old had been driving after receiving a 911 complaint about erratic driving on rural roads.

During the preliminary hearing, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hahn testified that he was stunned to realize the driver of the pickup truck was nine years old and that an 11-month old boy was in the vehicle as well.

By the time deputies caught up with the vehicle, it had pulled into a public boat launch next to the Apple River.

Roth is scheduled for a sentencing hearing August 5.

Eggert is scheduled for a plea hearing in Polk County on July 14.

Eggert is charged with four felonies: two counts of recklessly endangering safety, one count of battery to fire fighters or commission wardens, and one count of battery to an emergency rescue worker.

Eggert also is charged with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and two misdemeanor counts of neglecting a child.

Online court records list Eggert and Roth’s address as First Street in Glenwood City.