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April 2014


Hartland teen faces 10 years for stealing car, crashing it

A 17-year-old Hartland teenager faces 10 years in prison after stealing his mother’s vehicle and crashing into several cars on Hartridge Drive last November, less than a block away from Hartland South Elementary.

Matthew J. Hale was charged on March 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second degree reckless endangerment, a felony. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison, $25,000 in fines, or both. Hale did not have a drivers license and told police that he intended to “steal money” from the PDQ Food Store in Delafield.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Hartland Police officer was dispatched to Hartridge Drive just north of Hartland South Elementary at approximately 5 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2012 after receiving reports of a car accident.

Ismet Mustafa told police that he was parked on the street in front of an apartment building on Hartridge Drive waiting for a friend. He saw Hale’s vehicle coming toward him and Hale sideswiped another parked car before crashing head on into Mustafa’s vehicle.

An officer observed damage to Mustafa’s front bumper as well as a broken headlight. The vehicle that was sideswiped sustained damage to its driver side. Another car and a house on Ridgeway Place were also suspected to have been struck, causing damage to the house’s siding.

The officer made contact with Hale, who told him that he had stolen his mother’s vehicle and was going to the PDQ in Delafield to steal money. Hale, who lives at 628 Ridgeway Place, asked the officer if he was going to jail.

The officer noted in the complaint that it was not uncommon for people to walk their dogs or go jogging early in the morning, and the accident potentially could have been worse.

Hale is expected to make an initial appearance in court on April 8.

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