The young man’s shirt said he was a Minnesota Twins fan, but the car keys told a different story.
A Chippewa Falls Police officer questioning a young man suspected of excessive speeding and reckless driving in Lake Hallie noticed that a lanyard on the keyes was for the Cleveland Indians baseball team. The officer’s suspicions were confirmed when that car was reported stolen.
Kaeden T. J. Dumholt, 17, of Chippewa Falls, is charged with operating a motor vehicle without consent, identity theft, and obstructing.
According to a criminal complaint:
On Aug. 8, at about 11 a.m. Chippewa Falls Police received information that a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving through traffic along Highway 124 and headed into Chippewa Falls.
The vehicle, a 1991 black Ford Mustang, pulled into the Kwik Trip on Woodward Ave. Officers Jason Jacobson and Kory Boos stopped to question the young male driver, since the car was registered to a woman in Lake Elmo, Minn.
Jacobson noticed right away that the young man looked nervous to see the squad car. He identified himself as an 18-year-old from of Rice Lake, providing officers with what turned out to be a false name. He denied having sped or driven recklessly, and said the car belongs to his girlfriend’s aunt, “or something.”
Noticing that the man was wearing a Twins shirt but had an Indian’s key lanyard, Jacobson questioned him about both sports teams. Despite claiming to follow both teams, he did not appear to know much about the Indians.
Jacobson had a mug shot of the man the suspect claimed to be sent to his personal cell phone from Rice Lake police, and it did not appear to match the young man’s face. At the same time, Jacobson was informed that the vehicle was reported stolen.
After being arrested, the young man admitted to stealing the car as well as lying about his identity. He gave his real name as Kaeden T. J. Dumholt.
An initial appearance for Dumholt has been scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m.