Polk County Man Pleads Guilty to Escape Charge
A 19-year old man has plead guilty and been sentenced on his charges of escape from custody in Polk County Circuit Court.
BurnettWire.com reported on January 31, 2018, that Elijah Field, of Osceola, WI, was facing multiple charges in Polk County, including Felony Escape from Arrest after an incident in which he escaped from a squad car after being placed under arrest.
Online circuit court records show that on February 23, 2018, Field entered a plea of guilty to that charge of escape and the Court sentenced him to 3 years of probation with 9 months of conditional jail time. Field also plead guilty to a charge of Misdemeanor Theft of Movable Property in another Polk County case. In a third criminal case filed against Field in Polk County Circuit Court, he plead No Contest to a charge of Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. The Court ordered 2 years of Probation for those convictions with 9 months of conditional jail time.
Field was also ordered to complete 25 hours of community service, complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and comply with recommendations, and received credit for time already served in jail.
Other charges filed against Field were dismissed but read-in including Felony Bail Jump, Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Marijuana), Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping and a non-criminal charge of Underage Alcohol Violation.
Field is still facing charges of Felony Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping and Misdemeanor Possess Nitrous Oxide-Intent to Inhale in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
19-Year-Old Facing Charges of Escape from Arrest in Polk County
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | by Ben Dryden
Charges are piling up against a young Osceola man who now has several open criminal cases in Polk County and another in St. Croix County.
Elijah Field, 19, of Osceola, is facing more than two dozen criminal charges, including a charge of felony escape from arrest after a recent incident in Polk County in which he managed to get out of a squad car after being placed under arrest.
Field's legal troubles began last October with a disorderly conduct misdemeanor, followed in the next 90 days with drug-related charges of underage drinking, possession of THC and possession of Nitrous Oxide with intent to inhale. The tally of more serious charges against Field includes burglary and theft as well as his charge of felony escape; resisting arrest; and another charge of disorderly conduct.
According to a probable cause report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department Field was arrested for a possible violation of a house arrest order on Jan. 21, 2018. After being placed in the backseat of a squad car, Field managed to get out of the vehicle and flee, which resulted in a felony charge of escape. The officer had placed Field in the squad car while searching a residence for contraband. He heard a loud thump from the squad car and returned to it to find Field missing.
Afterward, the officer and another man working from inside the locked squad were unable to determine how Field had escaped. There was no apparent damage to the doors or windows.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department probable cause report states that although officers tracked Field's footprints in the snow they did not locate him that evening.
On January 22, 2018, Polk County law enforcement got a tip that Field may be in a Silver Saturn four-door automobile returning to Osceola. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer noticed Field attempting to hide under a blanket in the back seat and told Field to come out of the vehicle. As Field exited the vehicle, he tried to flee but the officer had a grip on Field’s shirt, tackled him in the ditch, and handcuffed his wrists behind his back, states the probable cause report.
A bail hearing was held on January 23 in Polk County Circuit Court and Field was placed on a $5,000 cash bond. Following that, on January 29, 2018, at a preliminary examination hearing in Polk County Circuit Court regarding Field’s felony charges of Escape, the court found probable cause to bind the case over for trial.
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