All charges against a Cloquet man who caused more than $7,000 damage to equipment inside the Wisconsin State Patrol weigh station on U.S. Highway 2 south of Superior could be dismissed.
Jacob Daniel Tucker, 23, pleaded no contest to an amended count of criminal damage to property, a Class A misdemeanor, in Douglas County Circuit Court on March 18. A count of felony burglary was dismissed.
A deferred judgment of conviction agreement was entered for the damage charge, which carries a maximum penalty of nine months imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Tucker has already paid $7,345 restitution to the Wisconsin State Patrol, according to court records.
If he breaks no laws or ordinances, pays a $100 fine plus court costs and follows the terms of his probation, which includes no contact with the weigh station, through Sept. 18, 2020, the charge would be dismissed with prejudice.
According to the criminal complaint, Tucker was driving past the weigh station July 6 on his way to visit relatives in rural Douglas County. Remembering a relative's claim that the weigh station was a waste of money, he stopped. The weigh station was closed at the time, but the Cloquet man said the door was unlocked.
Tucker said he went inside the building and released pent-up anger and anxiety by smashing items in the office. Security camera footage from the weigh station showed Tucker throwing and smashing several items, including a clock and printer.
He told Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies that he had taken a pill form of marijuana prior to the incident.