WASHBURN COUNTY -- Felony charges have been filed against Jake Fechter following a high-speed pursuit of a vehicle stolen out of Spooner, WI.
On February 25, 2022, Spooner Police Department responded to a report of a stolen Ford F150 truck in the City of Spooner. The stolen vehicle was spotted a short time later by a Shell Lake Police Officer. The Officer pursued the vehicle from Shell Lake, WI, on County Highway B to Highway 53. The truck was traveling at speeds from 90 to 100/mph. At the intersection of County Road H and Highway 53, the truck merged over into the southbound lane of US Hwy 53 and traveled northbound in the wrong direction of travel with oncoming traffic at speeds around 100/mph.
The criminal complaint states that a short time after that the truck attempted to cross the median at a high rate of speed and when the truck hit the snow in the median it created a white-out condition. The Officer brought the squad car to a stop due to lack of visibility and saw the truck had crashed. The driver was taken into custody and later identified as Jake Edward Fechter, age 29.
Officers reviewed security footage which showed the truck being stolen. The footage showed a man getting out of a red Chevy Impala, walking to the truck, enter the truck, and drive it away. The man in the security footage was wearing clothing that was consistent with the clothing worn by the driver of the truck.
Initially, Fechter gave a false name to Officers, and declined to provide information, however, later, at the hospital, he did provide his real name and stated he had come to Spooner to look at a truck.
Charges of Class H Felony Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent; and Class G Felony Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety are filed against Fechter. He appeared for a bail bond hearing on February 28, 2022, and according to online court records, advised the Court that he is currently homeless.
Washburn County Assistant District Attorney Sheila Yohnk requested a $10,000 cash bond for Fechter. A State Public Defender appeared on behalf of Fechter and also spoke to the Court regarding bond recommendations for Fechter, however, online records do not specify the requests made by the Public Defender.
The Hon. Angeline Winton ordered a $5,000 cash bond with conditions requiring Fechter to maintain absolute sobriety and have no contact with the victim of the theft.
Fechter appeared again on March 7, 2022, for an initial appearance hearing regarding his charges. He is scheduled to appear again later this month for a preliminary examination hearing.
The security footage of the theft of the truck also showed that a second male was inside the Chevy Impala, according to the criminal complaint filed against Fechter. Although this second male initially provided a false identity to Officers when they spoke with him, they did ultimately identify the man. However, at the time of this post charges, for the second male were not located in online court records, so the man’s name is not included in this post.
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