As Milwaukee County has stepped up its police presence and patrols against drunk driving, more people may be defending themselves against these types of charges. One man in particular recently found himself facing two OWI citations in the same day.
When it comes to drunk driving, police have no tolerance for those who break the law. This is a serious crime that can lead to accidents resulting in death or injuries to those involved.
A 36-year-old woman from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was charged with endangering the life of a child and aggravated driving under the influence as the result of an accident she caused in which multiple people were taken to the hospital.
In an effort to reduce the amount of drunk driving that takes place on Wisconsin roadways, Milwaukee police have been enacting their Operation Drive Sober program. Over the weekend of Jan. 24-26, the Milwaukee police stopped five drunk drivers, two of which were arrested after driving on freeway ramps in the wrong direction. The average PBT results of those arrested was .15.
A crash involving a wrong-way driver took place in Milwaukee on Highway 45 at around 1:00 a.m. on Nov. 21. The crash is believed to be the result of drunk driving; the 23-year-old woman who reportedly caused the accident admitted to having consumed two glasses of wine, two bottles of beer and a vodka drink that night. She also admitted to having smoked marijuana earlier in the day.
Milwaukee law enforcement officers took a 40-year-old man into custody after he was allegedly drinking and driving on Oct. 29 and driving at speeds of up to 109 m.p.h. The arrest was the 1,000th repeat offender for an OWI offense since 2010. Authorities reported that an officer saw a car headed the wrong way on a local street; however, the driver wouldn’t respond to a traffic stop. The pursuit covered both city streets and the highway and began a few minutes before 3 a.m. It culminated on Highway 41 when the subject hit yellow barrels and a median. His vehicle flew up into the air and crashed into a law enforcement vehicle, hitting the window and hurting the officer.
News sources say that a home in Wisconsin has been so badly damaged by an alleged drunk driver that it is unlikely that anyone will be able to live there again for some time. On Oct.17, a man with six previous intoxicated driving offenses drove a truck into the front of a home in New Berlin. The home was occupied at the time of the accident; however, no one appears to have been injured in the incident.