By Lisa Pett
A 21-year-old Stevens Point man who admitted he crashed a stolen vehicle in the Town of Hull has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation.
Dakota Wood was arrested after he intentionally took a truck belonging to his mother’s boyfriend’s employer and crashed it into several mailboxes before hitting a tree on Torun Rd. on January 4.
He and a companion had discussed trying to end their lives after drinking that night but both survived with minor injuries. Neither Wood nor his passenger were at the scene when Portage County Sheriff’s deputies arrived but Wood was later located at a friend’s apartment suffering injuries to his arm and leg. He was transported to St. Michael’s Hospital for treatment, where he voluntarily submitted to a preliminary breath test and a blood draw.
In a plea agreement with the Portage County District Attorney’s office, Wood pleaded no contest to OWI and causing an injury, as well as driving a vehicle without the owner’s permission.
Both the prosecution and defense agreed that Wood suffered from a variety of substance abuse and mental health issues and that the minimum jail sentence, along with probation and community supervision, were appropriate.
Assistant District Attorney Cass Cousins said Wood has had issues while on the pretrial supervision program, both with attendance and with testing positive for alcohol. He reiterated the potential for revocation if Wood fails to meet the requirements of his probation.
Wood will also lose his driver’s license for a year, be required to have an interlock device for any vehicle he owns or drives for a year, and submit to mental health and AODA assessments and follow any treatment and counseling recommendations.
Judge John Finn also ordered Wood to make restitution to the property owners and to write a letter of apology to the vehicle’s owner.