WENATCHEE — A man whose mental illness led him to steal a Cashmere city truck and crash it through road signs, fences and a garage door must pay $12,000 to the city and its insurers.
Billy M. Rose, 42, of Wenatchee pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree burglary, malicious mischief and DUI in the Nov. 14 theft of a work truck from a city shop at 200 Olive St., in which he drove the truck through the roll-up garage door, ran over a speed-limit sign, broke through a residential wood fence and uprooted a chain-link fence before being stopped by a Chelan County sheriff’s deputy.
Rose lives with severe bipolar disorder and has had two prior DUIs, according to court records. A letter of support from his employer called him “a hardworking, reliable and trusted asset” for the last three years.
Superior Court Judge T.W.“Chip” Small sentenced Rose to three months in jail and continuing mental health treatment, and revoked his driver’s license for two years.
The truck, which had fencing wrapped around its axle, was a total loss. In addition to his payments to the city, Rose must pay $4,500 to a Yaksum Canyon Road homeowner whose yard and fence were damaged.