Hertel Man Wanted for Failure to Appear on Stolen Vehicle Charges
A Hertel man, Lawrence Bildeau, was charged with felony bail jumping in Sawyer County Circuit Court on December 11, 2017, after he failed to appear in court Dec. 5, on a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and misdemeanor charges of possession of an illegally obtained prescription.
The court issued a warrant for Bildeau’s arrest for failing to appear. Bildeau also faces another felony bail jumping charged against him on May 2, 2017.
On March 18 of this year, a criminal complaint alleges a Sawyer County deputy was on patrol at the intersection of Hwy K and B and noticed a vehicle fitting the description of an earlier all-points bulletin of a 1994 green Ford that was stolen. The vehicle was vacant at the gas pumps of the LCO Convenience Store.
The deputy waited across the lot until a male subject, later identified as Lawrence Bildeau, came out of the gas station and opened the driver side door. The deputy pulled in front of the stolen vehicle, activated his lights and gave a loud command not to move, according to the complaint.
“I approached him and moved his hands behind his back. He began to tense up,” the deputy reported. “I told him not to fight with me or I would tase him. He then released his tension and his hand, and I was able to detain him in handcuffs behind his back.”
The deputy then explained to Bildeau that he was getting into a stolen vehicle. The complaint further states that Bildeau said he was driving the vehicle back from Siren to the owner. He claimed he didn’t know it was stolen. He said the vehicle was lent to the people in Siren.
The deputy asked who was the friend in Siren, and Bildeau said he didn’t know his name, according to the complaint.
The deputy then called the owner of the vehicle, who stated he had not heard anything about the stolen vehicle since the day it was reported stolen. He had received no calls from any individuals saying they were bringing it back to him, according to the complaint.
The deputy reported that the victim wished to press charges. The victim also gave the deputy permission to search the vehicle. The complaint further states that found within the vehicle in a jacket pocket that contained Bildeau’s Identification was a syringe and a blue pill container with no prescription label on it. Inside were multiple pills later identified as Trazadone.
The complaint further states that Trazadone is not a controlled substance but does require a prescription to have and Bildeau had no prescription for it.
Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Points show in February of this year, Bildeau was charged with battery by prisoner in Burnett County and was found guilty, sentenced to one-year probation on Sep. 7.
In 2002, in Burnett County, Bildeau was charged with felony battery pled down to a misdemeanor and in 2007, he was found guilty at a jury trial of substantial battery, a felony, in which he was sentenced to 3 years in prison and served 10 months in jail.
In 2012, Bildeau was charged with burglary in Burnett County but the charges were dismissed and read in as part of another crime, misdemeanor theft.
Bildeau was charged with another felony substantial battery in 2016, but the charge was also dismissed and read in as part of a plea agreement.
According to court records, Bildeau lives on Eagle Feather Drive in Hertel.
Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.