With guns drawn, Caledonia Police took a man into custody and he’s now charged with taking his former employer’s work truck because they disagreed over money.
Trequis Fields, 23, of Milwaukee, was charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. If convicted, Fields faces up to three years six months in prison and/or fined up to $10,000.
According to the criminal complaint, the Brookfield Police Department notified Wind Point that a stolen truck belonging to a construction company was pinging back from Onstar that it was at the Wind Point Lighthouse. Because the Wind Point Police Department didn’t have any officers available at the time, Caledonia Police found the driver in Caledonia.
On 4 Mile Road near Carter Drive, Caledonia Police found that Fields was driving the truck westbound. With guns drawn and pointed at Fields, officers had Fields walk backwards to the squad car and then get down on his knees. Handcuffed and put into the back of the squad car, police searched the truck.
The truck belonged to Fields’ former employer, American Dream Home Improvements after they had a disagreement over money. Fields decided to keep the truck because he felt they still owed him money. The company fired Fields and told him to return the truck.
“Fields said that he intended to use the truck through the rest of the week and then return it as he had recently been hired by a different construction company and needed transportation to/from job sites,” the complaint reads. “Fields admitted that he took the company logos off the truck as well.”
Several charges are also pending in Brookfield against Fields.
Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a signature bond for $750. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 30.