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December 6, 2019

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Eagle River man charged with OWI, failure to stop for police

Jamie Taylor
River News Reporter


A 33-year-old Eagle River man is facing a number of charges including a fourth offense OWI, several misdemeanors and a host of traffic citations after he allegedly failed to stop for an Oneida County sheriff's deputy Oct. 20.

Aaron D. Hoyt made his initial appearance Oct. 22 before Judge Patrick O'Melia on charges including OWI fourth offense, two counts of felony bail jumping, one count misdemeanor bail jumping, operating a motor vehicle while revoked and resisting an officer (failure to stop).

According to the criminal complaint, at about 8:17 p.m. Oct. 20, a caller in Three Lakes reported a reckless driver to the Oneida County Dispatch. The caller was able to provide a license plate number for the vehicle, which was traced to Hoyt. The check of the license plate also revealed that Hoyt's drivers license was revoked.

As the deputy was driving north on Highway 17, he passed a vehicle matching the caller's description heading south on 17 near Jennie Webber Lake Road in the town of Sugar Camp, the complaint states. After turning around and catching up to the vehicle, the deputy confirmed that it was the same vehicle. When the vehicle came to the intersection of 17 and Cross Country Road, the deputy's report said the vehicle almost came to a complete stop before continuing southbound on 17.

The report said the deputy activated his squad's emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle. The report alleges that the driver, later identified as Hoyt, pulled over on five different occasions, only to speed away five different times as the deputy approached the vehicle. The report says the vehicle crossed the center line of the highway three times during the pursuit.

Near Poplar Drive, the vehicle finally came to the stop, the report states. With the assistance of another deputy and a Three Lakes police officer, officers were able to get Hoyt to turn off the vehicle. After initially complying with verbal directions, Hoyt stopped being cooperative and the three law enforcement officers physically put him on the ground, the report states. The report also states he resisted attempts to be handcuffed and it took all three officers to accomplish this.

A used needle and a bag containing an unknown substance was found on his person, according to the report.

While being transported to Ascension St. Mary's Hospital for medical clearance, Hoyt allegedly admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine and heroin. Once at the hospital, the report alleges that Hoyt was uncooperative with staff, and had to be restrained. During the course of attempting to perform a scan, hospital personnel had to medicate him to make him less combative.

Because of the medication, Hoyt would not stay awake to consent to a blood draw, and a warrant had to be obtained. Once the blood draw was performed, Hoyt was medically cleared and was transported to jail.

At the initial appearance, O'Melia set a $7,500 cash bond and scheduled an adjourned initial appearance for Nov. 11.

If convicted of the OWI charge, Hoyt faces up to six years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 plus revocation of his driver's license for a minimum of 10 years.

Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at jamie@rivernewsonline.com.





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