MENOMONIE — A 22-year-old Boyceville man has been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety after he fired a handgun at the people fleeing in his stolen pickup truck on Feb. 22 in the town of Sheridan.
Robert J. Fawcett, 832 Horseshoe Drive, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. He also faces a charge of felony bail jumping.
Fawcett owned a pickup truck that Cody A. Metzger, 30, of Wheeler is accused of taking on Feb. 20 from Boyceville.
Metzger has been charged with taking and driving a vehicle without owner’s consent and two counts of bail jumping. He is scheduled for preliminary hearing May 9.
Fawcett and David W. Becker, 27, address not listed, were both arrested and cited for first-degree recklessly endangering safety for the chase and both firing a handgun at the pickup truck. A criminal complaint has not been filed against Becker.
According to the criminal complaint against Fawcett:
On Feb. 22 the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department received a report of the stolen truck being operated in the town of Sheridan and that Metzger was driving it. He had been trying to store the truck in the caller’s garage.
When the officer arrived at Highway 25 and 390th Street, Fawcett reported Metzger had fled the vehicle on foot and was only wearing boxer shorts.
Metzger was found a short time later by a canine unit hiding in the hay to stay warm.
Metzger admitted to taking the truck on Feb. 20. The next day he repainted part of it, removed all the stickers from it and fixed some stereo wiring.
He claimed he was going to return the truck on Feb. 22 to Fawcett when Fawcett and Becker started chasing him. Metzger said he feared for his life.
He fled the scene after the truck stopped working.
Paige Reaney, 22, who was in the truck with Metzger, said after he fled Fawcett told her he would press charges against her if she did not say anything about shots being fired. Reaney has been charged with misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle without consent. She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Fawcett told authorities he had a handgun and emptied it shooting toward the trucks tires to try and stop Metzger and to get his truck back.
Becker also pulled out a firearm and fired at the truck, Fawcett said.
Fawcett said he hid the firearms in the trunk of another vehicle to avoid officers finding them.
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