BURNETT COUNTY — The Court has ordered a man to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution related to his conviction of 10th Offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI).

DrydenWire.com reported in August 2018 that Russell Towle had been arrested and charged with Charges of Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer, Class E Felony OWI (10th or More), Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property (over $2,500), Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia, and Misdemeanor Operate While Revoked following a traffic stop in Burnett County.

Law Enforcement responded to a call for assistance for a man slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle near the St. Croix River. After medical personnel made contact with Towle, he took off from the scene in his vehicle at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour (mph), taking medical equipment valued at approximately $3,000 with him.

Officer took pursuit, with Towle’s vehicle swerving ‘all over the road’.After officers caught up to Towle, he came to a stop off Landing Road, striking trees. Towle then exited the vehicle and fleeing on foot through a heavily wooded area.

Online circuit court records show that Towle plead guilty to his charge of 10th Offense OWI at a hearing in November 2019. In January 2020, the Court ordered a 12-year sentence for Towle; 7-years of initial confinement followed by 5-years of extended supervision. Towle is to serve this sentence consecutive to any sentence he is already ordered to serve on other cases.

Conditions of Towle’s extended supervision require him to maintain absolute sobriety and undergo regular drug testing.

The Court ordered Towle to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution on damages resulting from his case at a rate of $500.00 per month. The Court also ordered that the restitution would take precedence over any other liens on Towle’s income.

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