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Couple Arrested for Driving with Meth Lab and Toddler in Back Seat

In remote Boscobel, Wis., which prides itself on being “the birthplace of the Gideon Bible,” a truck was pulled over because, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy, its passengers weren’t wearing seat belts.  When the deputy saw a toddler asleep in the back seat and reportedly noticed that the driver, 30-year-old Patrick Hogan, showed signs of drug use, he decided to call for backup.  When Boscobel police arrived, Hogan and his wife, Deanna Hogan, 29, were arrested.  According to Grant County Sheriff’s Department news release, a search of the vehicle revealed two loaded semi-automatic handguns and an active “shake and bake” portable meth lab, which was positioned in the back seat next to the couple’s 2-year-old daughter.  The child was handed over to a family member.

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The Grant County Sheriff’s Department posted the following news release on their Facebook page this morning:



Title of Release: Methamphetamine Lab and Firearm Arrests

Location: 100 block of E. Oak Street, City of Boscobel

Date and Time: May 12, 2012 at 6:10 P.M.

Subjects Involved: Age: Address:

1. Patrick Hogan 30 Boscobel

2. Deanna Hogan 29 Boscobel

3. Juvenile female 2 Boscobel

Details: On May 12, 2012 at approximately 6:10 P.M., a Grant County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 1989 Chevy truck that was being driven by Patrick Hogan. The deputy stopped the truck because Mr. and Mrs. Hogan were not wearing their seatbelts. The deputy made contact with the occupants and during that contact, the deputy observed a two year old female child sleeping in a car seat in the backseat. The deputy noticed signs of drug use on Mr. Hogan and requested the assistance from the Boscobel Police. Upon further investigation, the officers discovered a portable and active methamphetamine lab in the backseat next to the child. The occupants of the vehicle were removed and Mr. and Mrs. Hogan were taken into custody without incident. The area was cordoned off for public safety and additional resources responded to the scene.

A search of the vehicle was conducted, which yielded two loaded semi-automatic handguns and the active meth lab. A number of items were seized during the investigation. The child was released to a family member and evaluated by the Boscobel Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Hogan were transported to the Grant County Jail without incident.

Assisting the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was the Boscobel Police, Fire, and EMS, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Prairie Du Chien Police Department

Arrest or Charges: Charges will be referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s Office on Mr. Hogan for Possession of Methamphetamine, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Child Neglect. Mrs. Hogan will be referred for Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Child Neglect.

Investigating Officer: Deputy Andrew L. Smith

Officer Authorizing News Release: Sheriff Keith Govier

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