March 1, 2021 – Washington Co., WI – The Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to four incidents of operating while intoxicated over the weekend.
“Our goal at the sheriff’s office is to reduce victimization and enhance the quality of life for our citizens,” said Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis.
“I am appreciative of our staff that keeps a watchful eye to protect our fellow citizens from individuals that make willful decision to get behind the wheel when they are clearly incapable of responsible decision making. I am also equally as grateful for our partnerships with the community where citizens report dangerous driving.” He went on to say regarding repeat offenders, “I certainly understand individuals make mistakes and can have lapses in sound judgement, but repeat offenders pose a significant danger to our community and need to be held accountable.”
5th Offense OWI
On Sunday, February 28 at 10:22 p.m. a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol saw a vehicle traveling north on STH 175 quickly approaching the controlled intersection at STH 33 at 55 to 60 mph. The driver, a 55-year-old Beaver Dam man, abruptly stopped in the middle of the intersection. The driver sat in the intersection for 30 seconds before proceeding. The deputy stopped the driver after then observing him weaving. The driver failed field sobriety testing and was arrested for fifth offense OWI. He remains in custody.
3rd Offense OWI
On Saturday, February, 27 at 1:39 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the area of STH 164 and CTH Q for a report of a vehicle northbound “all over the roadway.” The caller reported there was also a child in the back seat. The deputy located the vehicle and observed it deviate over the centerline and fog line. The driver, a 34-year-old Sussex woman, was arrested for OWI 3rd after failing field sobriety testing. Two children, ages 11 and 13, were turned over to family members. It is believed more than one prescription medications may have been a contributing factor. The driver remains in custody.
2nd Offense OWI
The sheriff’s office responded to the intersection of STH 144 and CTH K on Saturday, February, 27 at 7:23 p.m. for a vehicle that crashed through several trees and stacked piers at the intersection.
The vehicle came to rest about 200 feet from shore on the ice of Big Cedar Lake. The driver, a 48-year-old Town of Addison woman, was arrested for OWI 2nd after failing field sobriety testing.
2nd Offense OWI
A sheriff’s deputy was responding to the area of CTH NN and Birchwood Trail on Saturday, February, 27 at 3:40 a.m. for a report of a possible intoxicated driver. The caller, who was following the vehicle, saw the car cross the centerline and nearly strike an oncoming vehicle head on. As the caller was online with our dispatch center, the vehicle crossed the centerline again, stuck a mailbox on the opposite side of the road and went into the ditch. The driver, a 34-year-old Milwaukee woman, was arrested for 2nd offense OWI after failing field sobriety testing.