Jackson County (WQOW) – A Black River Falls man charged with driving drunk and leading officers on a chase through people’s yards could avoid time behind bars.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jon Peterson, 30, of Black River Falls was driving drunk and without a license in early May.
When stopped by police, deputies asked him to get out of his vehicle. Instead of getting out, law enforcement said he drove away from police “at a high rate of speed”.
Police said the chase took them through several people’s lawns in Black River Falls until he hit a fire pit and got stuck. That’s when Peterson got out and ran away. Deputies used a K-9 to arrest Peterson.
Monday, Peterson pleaded no contest to fleeing officers and 2nd OWI.
A three month jail sentence was stayed, meaning Peterson will not serve time behind bars as long as he doesn’t re-offend. Peterson’s license is revoked for 14 months and he is ordered to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle. He must also pay back $1550 in restitution for the damage he caused.