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Glenwood City woman pleads guilty in Polk County on charges related to letting her 9-year-old drive

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BALSAM LAKE  —  A 32-year-old Glenwood City woman charged in connection with allowing her nine-year-old child to drive while she and her boyfriend were both highly intoxicated has pleaded guilty in Polk County.

Amanda R. Eggert appeared in Polk County Circuit Court July 14 with her attorney, Christopher Petros.

Eggert was charged with two felony counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, one felony count of battery to firefighters, one felony count of battery to an emergency worker, one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and two misdemeanor counts of neglecting a child.

Judge Jeffrey Anderson accepted Eggert’s guilty plea on the first felony count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and the third felony count of battery to a firefighter.

On the remaining counts, Judge Anderson indicated he would consider those counts for sentencing and restitution.

During a preliminary hearing, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hahn testified that he was stunned to realize the driver of the pickup truck on the afternoon of January 30 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.

Deputy Hahn testified that when the nine-year-old got out of the truck, the vehicle was still running and was still in drive. Eggert’s boyfriend, Jason Roth, who was still in the vehicle, turned off the ignition.

At that point, the truck started to roll toward the Apple River. Deputy Hahn said he jumped into the truck to apply the brakes and put the truck into park.

Deputy Hahn told the court that both of the adults in the vehicle appeared to be highly intoxicated.

Although the vehicle, with the nine-year-old behind the wheel, was reportedly weaving in and out of oncoming traffic, no one was injured during the incident.

During the July 14 court hearing, Judge Anderson ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled in Polk County Circuit Court September 30 at 1 p.m.

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

Roth is scheduled for a sentencing hearing August 5.