Man With Open Beer Cans in Car Faces 6th OWI Charge

Rafael Garay, 27, of Milwaukee, reportedly hit the median wall on I-43 near 60th Street, causing major front and rear end damage to the vehicle.

A Milwaukee man faces charges for his fifth — or possibly his sixth — drunk-driving offense after an early morning freeway accident Tuesday.

A Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy patrolling on the freeway came upon a one-car crash on westbound I-43 just east of 60th Street at approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The driver, Rafael Garay, 27, allegedly hit the median wall causing major front and rear end damage to the vehicle, according to the sheriff's department.

The deputy found Garay on the floor of the vehicle and open beer cans in the back seat. A Greenfield Fire Department medical unit transported him to Froedtert Hospital for minor injuries.  

Garay faces charges of a fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, which will become a sixth offense if he’s convicted of the pending charge from April of this year. Fifth- and sixth-offense OWIs are felonies with penalties of up to six years in prison for each.

Garay's prior convictions occurred in April 2005, August 2006, August 2007, and October 2008.

On Tuesday, Garay was issued citations for operating while intoxicated, operating with prohibited blood-alcohol content, and failure to control vehicle.

Carolyn Tyler September 11, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Rafael Garay is one of too many people to be repeat offenders of driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs. They do it because they can. What is a piddly little fine for an OWI ticket when you can bail yourself out? Rafael Garay has a number of cases whereby he did not pay the fine or not paid fine in full. Instead he bailed himself out which was usually a bit more than the fine for the offenses. What kind of sense does this make? Doesn't anyone oversee this at the Courthouse? Rafael Garay, like many others still owe the court monies. Yet, he can drive a nice car, get plenty of alcohol to get drunk. It is quite fortunate that this drunk didn't hurt anyone. When an offender has the bail money, but not fines owed the court, why aren't the fines monies taken by the court first? Perhaps if the repeat offenders like Rafael Garay were to be required to sit in jail, perhaps they would give their situation some serious thought. This man is not about to stop or even consider it since he knows there is no serious consequence. The only consequence paid and or endured is the ones people who are mamed or killed by drunks like Garay suffer. Why does Wisconsin and our Judicial system allow repeat offenders?
Chris September 12, 2012 at 02:45 PM
This guy is the biggest low life in Milwaukee. Stupid, lazy, and doesnt give a damn about anybody he may hurt.
Carolyn Tyler September 12, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Chris September 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
This scumbag needs to do life!
Drunk Driver September 12, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This man is hero. He's doing what every one has a God given right to do. We need to protest to have this man released.


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