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Hayfield teen gets probation for driving through properties

A Hayfield teenager was sentenced to two years probation for driving a truck through a number of rural properties in September.

Jon Dale Crews, 18, will also pay roughly $4,000 in restitution for the damage he caused. If he violates the terms of his probation, which include writing letters of apology and no alcohol use, he will serve 180 days in jail.

According to a criminal complaint, two Mower County property owners reported damage on Sept. 27, as did several others in Dodge and Olmsted counties.

At 32825 690th Ave. in Dexter, Paul Ulwelling, 70, reported that a vehicle had driven through his electric fence — causing some cattle to go free — and smashed into a shed, causing about $400 in damage.

In addition to the shed, he said the car caused about $850 in damage to other items on his property.

The loose cattle were retrieved.

Nathan Thompson, 48, of 29454 670th Ave., said the vehicle smashed two gates and ran through a sheep pasture.

No animals were hit, but Thompson did report about $800 in damage to the gates, as well as an additional $200 in damage to other objects.

Afterward, a Mower County detective spoke with a Dodge County detective, who indicated that some Hayfield High School students who were partying before the incidents had talked about driving through yards.

The Dodge County detective interviewed the students, who implicated Crews in the several crimes, the complaint states.

Crews admitted to authorities that he drives a Ford Explorer, which was the vehicle responsible for the incidents. He pleaded guilty to the crime in March.