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GC woman sentenced to probation, community service for 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 been sentenced to probation and community service in Polk County.

Amanda R. Eggert appeared in Polk County Circuit Court September 30 for a sentencing hearing before Judge Jeffrey Anderson.

Judge Anderson sentenced Eggert to five years of probation on one felony count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and three years of probation on one felony count of attempted battery to firefighters.

Probation on both counts is to run concurrently.

Judge Anderson also sentenced Eggert to 50 hours of community service for each year of probation.

Eggert initially 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.

Eggert pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and the count of attempted battery to firefighters during a court hearing in Polk County July 14.

The judge dismissed the remaining charges but read them into the record for sentencing.

In addition, Judge Anderson ordered Eggert to pay $260.90 in fines and court costs and a $250 DNA surcharge on both of the felony counts.

Judge Anderson ordered Eggert to complete all programming deemed appropriate by her probation officer and prohibited her from possessing firearms, drugs, alcohol or drug paraphernalia.

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

An 11-month-old child also was in the vehicle.

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.

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.

Judge 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.

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.

Eggert posted a cash bail of $350 February 23.

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