Eric Jason Yankovec, 41, of Woodville, Wisconsin, is facing three felony charges, a misdemeanor and two petty misdemeanors. The charges include two counts of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, one count of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, one count of driving after a license revocation, one count of the unlawful deposit of garbage and one count of pharmacy possession, control, manufacture, selling, furnishing, dispense, dispose of syringes or needles.
According to the complaint, a Pine County Sheriff’s Deputy was conducting routine traffic enforcement on Interstate 35 on June 1. He noted that a Lincoln Navigator with extremely dark tinted windows passed him; the deputy began to follow the vehicle.
The driver of the Lincoln was initially leaning far back in his seat, but sat up once the deputy began to follow. On a straight portion of the road the deputy turned on his emergency lights and initiated a stop. The vehicle slowed to 60 miles per hour but did not stop. The deputy initiated his siren, and the vehicle maintained speed and motion.
The deputy then noticed the driver ripping open a gallon-size clear bag that was approximately half full of a white crystalline material, which the driver then dumped out the open driver’s side window of the vehicle. His training and experience led him to suspect that the contents were illegal narcotics. The driver also threw two smaller baggies that appeared to contain an “eight ball” (approximately 3.5 grams) of illegal narcotics out the window as well.
The driver then stopped. Another deputy and his K9 partner responded to assist at the scene. Due to the high volume of traffic and road construction in the area, all of the crystalline material that was dumped was not able to be recovered. The second deputy located a clear baggie with white residue approximately 300 yards away from where the items were thrown out the window. The first deputy recognized the bag as the type that had been thrown; the white residue tested positive for methamphetamine.
A glass pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana, a marijuana cigarette, a sock containing three hypodermic needles, eight blue pills identified as Alprazolam (a schedule four controlled substance) and approximately two grams of shards of white crystalline material were found in the Lincoln by the first deputy. The shards collected were found in the back seat and appeared that they had blown back inside the car when the driver was dumping the baggies out the window. These shards also tested positive for methamphetamine. A large medieval sword was also recovered from the vehicle.
The driver of the Lincoln was identified as Eric Yankovec. A record check showed that Yankovec has a revoked driver’s license and a previous felony conviction of aiding and abetting of a fifth-degree controlled substance from 2015, a felony conviction of possession of a fifth-degree controlled substance also from 2015 and a 2008 conviction for third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Each of the fifth degree possession charges come with a maximum sentence of 5 years and/or $10,000 fine, fleeing a police office comes with a jail sentence up to three years and one day and/or $5,000 fine, driving after the revocation of a driver’s license comes with up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine, and unlawful deposit of garbage comes with a $300 fine and pharmacy possession of syringes comes with a $300 fine. The maximum sentence on all charges for Yankovec would be 13 years and 91 days of jail time and a maximum fine of $26,600.