Swimming across Lemonweir River to avoid trooper
Two 17-year old New Lisbon males have been charged as adults for running from a State Trooper who was investigating a one-vehicle accident on the City of Mauston’s west side. According to the criminal complaint, about noon Saturday Trooper Steve Frantal was in the Juneau County Sheriff’s Dispatch when the call came-in reporting the crash on Grove and Martin Streets. The Mauston Police Officer was on another call and the trooper was asked to respond. When he arrived, the trooper saw a small, green van had jumped the curb on Grove Street, crossed the sidewalk, and was stuck on a sewer pipe. Two young men were standing next to the van with the passenger side door open. Once the trooper exited the patrol car, the two started running. The trooper caught 17-year old Michael Zloza after chasing him for a couple hundred yards. He was handcuffed and admitted to using synthetic marijuana. The other individual, 17-year old Jacob Ruetten, who will be 18 on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, continued running and then jumped into Lake Decorah and attempted to swim to the other side. Ruetten was pulled from the lake by the Mauston Fire Department. Both Zloza and Ruetten were medically cleared before being transferred to the Juneau County Jail. During a hearing Monday, Ruetten’s bail was set at a $1000 signature bond. The two have been charged with obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct.
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