A routine traffic stop in Chetek has resulted in a felony vehicle theft charge against a 25-year-old rural Prairie Farm woman, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.

A complaint filed Thursday, June 16, 2022, identifies the defendant as Hanna B. Kincaide, 771 1 ½ Ave. She was identified as the driver of a vehicle stopped by a Chetek officer shortly before 3 a.m. June 16.

The officer reported seeing the vehicle cross the centerline on two occasions before he stopped it. The vehicle, which wasn’t identified in the complaint, was registered to McRae’s U.S. Mail Service, a company headquartered in West Allis, Wisconsin.

The driver, later identified as the defendant, allegedly told the officer she was in a rush to get back to Minnesota because she had a family matter to take care of in Rosemount, Minnesota.

When asked, the driver allegedly said she didn’t have a license or proof of insurance. Asked whom the vehicle belonged to, she said, “It’s my sister’s [car],” and allegedly gave a fictitious name.

Later, the defendant looked in the glove box and handed the officer a registration document that checked out to the mail service. Then, she allegedly said her parents had bought the car for her sister in Wisconsin.

Finally, the officer said the defendant allegedly admitted she’d found the vehicle unlocked and that the keys were under a sun visor.

The complaint charges Kincaide with felony vehicle theft and a misdemeanor offense of obstructing an officer. If convicted, she could face almost seven years behind bars and/or fines of up to $20,000.

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