JUNEAU — A 30-year-old Beaver Dam man will enter the Dodge County Treatment and Diversion program after being found guilty of charges, including escape, after he left the jail claiming to visit the hospital, but did not return.
Dustin J. Feuerhammer appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Martin De Vries who accepted no contest pleas for escape and two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer. Feuerhammer’s sentence was withheld, and he was placed on probation for 24 months. He must enter the TAD program. In addition, he must pay court fees and finish a 167-day jail sentence for which he has already served 116 days.
The Treatment Alternatives and Diversion is a state grant program. It helps counties develop treatment and diversion alternatives to jail and prison sentences for non-violent offenders with drug and alcohol problems.
He was taken into custody on Oct. 31 at his residence in Beaver Dam after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Feuerhammer was serving time in the Dodge County Jail with Huber privileges after being sentenced for a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He had been scheduled to be released on Dec. 22.
According to the criminal complaint, Feuerhammer was to drive himself to the hospital at 6 p.m. He was contacted at 10 p.m. on Oct. 25 when he did not return to the jail and told the correctional officer that he was at Walgreens in Beaver Dam filling a prescription. However, he never returned.
The correctional officer contacted both the hospital and Walgreens and learned that Feuerhammer was not seen at either place. Several messages were also left on Feuerhammer’s cellphone, but officers were not able to reach him.
He will reappear in court on March 1 for a treatment court hearing.