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Drunk driving arrests grow in Washington County

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Washington County Sheriff

Over the past weekend the Washington County Sheriff’s Office made five separate drunk driving arrests in Washington County.  Two of the arrests were for first-offense violations while the other three arrests were all for criminal second offense violations.

First Offense Cases:

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a citizen report of an erratic driver southbound on I41 in the area of Hwy 28 on 10/2/16 at 7:24 p.m. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle on Hwy D near US 45 and observed more erratic driving.  The driver, a 57-year-old Saukville man, indicated he was on his way home from Waupaca. A deputy, specifically trained as a drug recognition expert, was summoned to the scene as the investigating deputies did not believe alcohol was involved.  The driver was arrested after failing the sobriety field testing.

An on duty West Bend Police Officer located a vehicle in the ditch in the area of Beaver Dam Road and Wildwood Road. in the Town of Barton on 10/3/16 at 12:49 a.m.  Upon making contact, the officer believed the driver was intoxicated.   A sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene and arrested the operator, identified as a 21-year-old City of West Bend man, for first offense drunk driving.  A subsequent breath test had a reported value over 2 times the legal limit.

Second Offense Cases:

On 10/2/16 at 8:30 p.m. an off duty Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle in the ditch in the area of Hwy 144 and Cedarview Drive in the Town of West Bend. The driver, a 51-year-old Town of West Bend man, advised the investigating duty deputy that he lost control of his vehicle on Hwy 144 due to wet roads. The deputy noted several signs of intoxication as well as the fact that the roads were not wet. The subject was arrested and a subsequent breath test indicated the suspect had a BAC three times the legal limit.

A 52-year-old City of West Allis man was arrested for second offense drunk driving after being reported by several citizens as driving erratic on US 45 southbound on Saturday evening (10/1) at 4:47 p.m.  Deputies located the vehicle swerving in the left lane of US 45 with the left turn signal activated. Upon making contact, the deputy immediately noticed signs of intoxication although the driver initially indicated he did not have anything to drink. Upon additional questioning, the driver did acknowledged drinking two beers.  When the deputy inquired as to what kind of beer, the driver responded, “cold.”  The driver failed the series of field tests and was arrested.  A search warrant was obtained for legal blood.

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