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Roth sentenced to four years probation, one year incarceration in case where 9-year-old was driving

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BALSAM LAKE  —  A Glenwood City man has been sentenced to four years of probation and one year in jail concerning a case where his girlfriend’s nine-year-old was driving while they were both highly intoxicated.

Jason R. Roth, 36, was sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court August 23.

Judge Jeffrey L. Anderson sentenced Roth to five years of incarceration and three years of extended supervision on one felony county of recklessly endangering safety but stayed the sentence and placed Roth on four years of probation with one year in the county jail as a condition of probation.

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

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.

Roth pleaded guilty June 2 to one felony county of recklessly endangering safety. The other charges were dismissed but were read into the record for sentencing.

During the August 23 hearing, the judge said the court would “bank” seven months of the conditional time for the months Roth had already spent in jail with five months of conditional jail time remaining.

Roth has been in custody in Polk County since February.

A $3,500 cash bail was set February 1.

The court also ordered Roth not to consume any alcohol while on probation.

Roth was ordered to pay $250 for a DNA sample and $290.60 in fines and court costs.

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.

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.

During a court hearing July 14, Judge 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, the judge indicated he would consider those counts for sentencing and restitution.

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