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BARRON COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Ruben Juarez, for convictions of fleeing an officer and operating while intoxicated that stem from a 2021 incident in Cumberland, WI.

Juarez was arrested and later charged following an incident that occurred on November 24, 2021, at a Kwik Trip gas station located in Cumberland, WI.

The Cumberland Police Department was dispatched to the Kwik Trip regarding an intoxicated male who had parked their vehicle at the gas pumps and was offering people shots of alcohol.

A Cumberland Police Officer made contact with the male who was identified as Ruben Juarez, 18 years old at the time. Juarez appeared intoxicated with red and glossy eyes and slurred speech. The Officer noticed an odor of intoxicants emitting from Juarez as he spoke.

Juarez stated that if the officer touched her radio (to contact other officers) he would “take off.” The Officer needed to radio to communicate with other responding Officers and when she did, Juarez fled in his vehicle at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued Juarez for approximately a mile, when Juarez veered into the opposite lane of traffic, striking a curb, and launching his vehicle into Library Lake. Juarez refused to cooperate with Officer’s commands, and they negotiated with Juarez for nearly an hour until he was assisted to shore by the Cumberland Fire Department. Juarez was then transported for medical care.

Charges of Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer, Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, Operating With Prohibited Alcohol Concentration 1st Offense, Operating After Revocation 1st Offense, and Keep Open Intoxicants in Vehicle were filed against Juarez in Barron County Circuit Court.

Online circuit court records show that at a hearing on June 21, 2022, the Hon. Maureen Boyle sentenced Juarez on convictions for Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer, Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense. The remaining charges against Juarez were dismissed but read in at a hearing in April 2022.

Judge Boyle ordered Juarez to serve a withheld sentence with 3 years of probation for his conviction of Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer. Conditions of probation will require Juarez to maintain absolute sobriety and he will not be allowed to possess or consume alcoholic beverages or go onto any premises where alcohol is sold.

He must also complete any and all evaluations, counseling, treatment, and follow-up recommended by Probation Agent and continue with AODA, complying with the recommended follow-up treatment.

Last Update: Jun 27, 2022 10:20 am CDT

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