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Round Lake man hospitalized after car accident charged with motor vehicle theft

Jack Alan Espinosa has been issued a summons to appear in court.

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NOBLES COUNTY — Jack Alan Espinosa was charged with a count of motor vehicle theft after reportedly being involved in a car crash. This is a felony-level charge for Espinosa, a 53-year-old Round Lake resident.

On Dec. 5, a Nobles County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a report of a stolen Honda Civic that was parked at a residence in the city of Round Lake. From reviewing cases from a previous shift, the deputy was aware the vehicle was involved in a crash earlier that day. Espinosa had allegedly been identified as the driver in the crash and was currently in the hospital.

After identifying the owner of the vehicle, the deputy went to meet with her. The owner stated she had parked the car in the driveway at home the previous evening and left the keys in the ignition. When the owner woke up, she noticed the car was gone. The owner also said she knew Espinosa's wife from work and that she had not given him permission to drive the car. The owner signed a stolen vehicle card and submitted it to law enforcement.

The deputy then met with Espinosa's wife and told her about the crash and that her husband was in the hospital, which she was not aware of. She told the deputy she and Espinosa had been at a local bar the previous evening and that they got into an argument when they got home and Espinosa had left.

The deputy then went to the hospital and spoke to Espinosa. Espinosa told the deputy that he recalled driving the car and lost control. According to the report, Espinosa also said he thought the car he was driving belonged to the owner, who he knew worked with his wife and that the owner had not given him permission to take the car but that the keys had been left in it.

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If convicted Espinosa faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine for the felony offense of motor vehicle theft. Espinosa was issued a summons to appear in court.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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