MASON CITY – A Mason City man has pled guilty to one count of child endangerment and will be sentenced this week.
Chad Michael Chase, age 38, faced two counts of child endangerment, brought by Mason City police, after an incident on August 24. Police told NIT that at about 6:00 PM that evening, a witness made an emergency call to police to report an apparently intoxicated male passed out at Big Blue. The male subject, soon identified as Chase, was at the pit with his five-year-old son and an 8-year-old child who was described as a friend of the family. Police arrested Chase for public intoxication that day and a DHS referral was made. Sober parents were contacted to come pick up the kids. He pled guilty the next day to public intoxication and was ordered to pay $262.50 in fines and court costs. He has not made a payment on that balance and has received a final notice from the courts to make payment. Police tracked down witnesses and the ensuing investigation led to two charges of child endangerment, both aggravated misdemeanors.
Court records show that Chase pled guilty to one count of child endangerment on October 1 and will be sentenced on October 29.
On September 27, Chase was discovered at the Plaza West strip mall in Mason City, again with a 5-year-old child with him. He was reported to be heavily intoxicated, asking for rides, and making gestures toward females. Police arrived and quickly located Chase and his young son. Police took the son into protective custody briefly until they brought him home to his mother. The boy was unharmed. Chase was arrested for public intoxication and a DHS referral was made. He pled guilty on September 29 and was ordered to pay $330.00 in fines and fees.