SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced a man for criminal charges stemming from a Sawyer County incident in June 2021 that involved a law enforcement pursuit of his vehicle.
DrydenWire published a post in June 2021, regarding the arrest of Milwaukee man, Jason Whitefeather, following an incident during which Whitefeather fled from law enforcement when they attempted to stop his vehicle. Sawyer County Communications Center had received a 911 call about a firearm incident, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. The caller reported that a man driving a white car had pulled up to them and asked to borrow money. When told they didn’t have any money, the man pulled out a gun and threatened harm to the people. The man then drove away from the scene, fleeing southbound on US Highway 63 toward the City of Hayward.
The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and the Hayward Police Department located the suspect vehicle near the City of Hayward and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle did not stop, and a pursuit ensued, ending in the vicinity of Kreyer Lane and State Highway 77 following the deployment of stop strips. After nearly an hour and a half stand-off with deputies, the suspect, Whitefeather was taken into custody.
Whitefeather was charged with 1 count of Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer and 7 counts of Class G Felony 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.
Online circuit court records show that Whitefeather appeared most recently on December 3, 2021, for a sentencing hearing regarding his charges. The Court ordered Whitefeather to serve 163 days confinement in county jail with credit for time served for his conviction of Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer. Whitefeather also received a withheld sentence for a conviction of 1 count of Class G Felony 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. The Court ordered 3 years probation for Whitefeather. Conditions of probation will require Whitefeather to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment follow-through with recommendations; complete any counseling and programming deemed appropriate by the Department of Corrections; and maintain absolute sobriety. Whitefeather is also ordered to pay over $500 restitution to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. The remaining charges filed against Whitefeather in this case were dismissed but read in at a hearing in October 2021.
Online circuit court records also show that on November 9, 2021, Whitefeather was sentenced in Milwaukee County Circuit Court for a conviction of Class H Felony Attempt Disarming a Peace Officer, stemming from an incident that occurred on September 19, 2019. In October 2020, the Court had accepted a Deferred Sentence agreement for Whitefeather, however, following the June incident in Sawyer County Circuit Court, that agreement was revoked. At the hearing on November 9, 2021, the Court ordered an imposed and stayed prison sentence of 3 years, with 2 years of probation.
Whitefeather also still has pending criminal charges from June 21 and 22, 2021 for Disorderly Conduct, Use of a Dangerous Weapon in both Iron County Circuit Court and Bayfield County Circuit Court. Although no court date was listed for Iron County at the time of this post, Whitefeather is scheduled to appear again in January 2022 in Bayfield County.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.