Friday, May 3, 2013
Wisconsin's drunk driving-related incidents are the highest in the United States and state Legislators have crafted six bills to confront the issue, but they carries a hefty price tag.
Some state Republican Legislators want to toughen the laws for habitual drunk drivers and first-time drunk drivers if they cause an injury or killed someone, but the price tag for those laws could cost taxpayers up to $236 million, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal. Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) have introduced six bills to the Senate and House. The bills would: Because of the jail time provisions, the state expects to have to build 17 facilities that would each house 300 people. "A fiscal estimate from the state Department of Corrections put the cost of the bill regarding third and subsequent offenses at between $169 million and $204 million annually. Other agencies also weighed in, …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
An Oak Creek man arrested for drunk driving last week has six prior convictions, but only one since 1996. How much should that time span factor into what punishment he faces now, if at all?
Should the time between drunk driving arrests have an impact on how those people are handled in the courts? An Oak Creek man was arrested for operating while intoxicated last week near Mitchell International Airport. The 51-year-old man has six prior convictions, but only one in the last 16 years. If a person’s second OWI comes at least 10 years after the first, then it is generally treated like a “first offense” in Wisconsin. But if it happens a third time — no matter when any of them occurred — then the person is considered to have two first-offense convictions and a third-offense conviction. In the case of the Oak Creek man, he was given a two-year prison sentence for his sixth offense, in 2002, but it was “stayed,” essentially turning …
Friday, November 16, 2012
A Milwaukee woman suspected of driving drunk and crashing into things in a Greenfield parking lot was tracked down by the chief of police because all other officers were busy.
It started with a parking lot crash. Someone had struck property in the parking lot of Burger King, 4555 W. Forest Home Ave., at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, and was reported to be driving recklessly in the area. But it wasn't a patrol officer who tracked the suspect down. All other officers were busy, so Greenfield Police Sgt. Charles Falk began the investigation while Capt. Jay Johnson and Chief Brad Wentlandt went to suspect Julie A. Lambert's Milwaukee apartment. They found her there, along with the red Chevrolet Cobalt that witnesses told police had been causing trouble in the lot. Chief, captain and sergeant combine to arrest 4th offense OWI suspect. Because officers were tied up with other calls yesterday, members of the command staff …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Police pulled over a 20-year-old Milwaukee man last week after they saw him swerving in traffic, according to the police report. But that was just the start of this unique traffic stop.
What looked like a routine drunken driving traffic stop turned out to be anything but for Greenfield police, ending with a man urinating on himself at the police station, police say. According to the Greenfield Police Department report, an officer spotted a car cutting through traffic lanes on South 76th Street at 1:35 a.m. Oct. 4. The officer pulled the car over at the intersection of West Cold Spring Road and West Forest Home. The 20-year-old driver from Milwaukee, who had a felony on his record and was on probation for possession of marijuana, smelled of intoxicants, slurred his speech and had glossy and blood-shot eyes, the report said. The man, who blew a .13 percent blood alcohol content reading on the officer’s portable breath test…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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 …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Mark A. Ollenburg allegedly hit the wall on the 84th Street on-ramp to I-43, then kept going.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
A 57-year-old Greenfield man is facing felony drunk driving charges after he allegedly hit a wall while getting on I-43, then blew out a tire and continued to drive. Mark A. Ollenburg was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Tuesday with one count of sixth offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: At 12:22 p.m. Friday, a man was travelling behind Ollenburg while getting onto I-43 westbound from the South 84th Street onramp when he noticed Ollenburg’s SUV was swerving and hit a wall, but proceeded to keep driving. The man called police about a possible drunk driver, then continued to follow the SUV. Ollenburg then got off at West …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Daniel R. Laack of Brookfield crashed his motorcycle at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday. The twice-convicted drunk driver was allegedly operating while intoxicated.
A Brookfield man is in the hospital after his motorcycle crashed on the Loomis Road on-ramp shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday. According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, a deputy responded to a 911 call a motorcycle down on westbound I-43 at the Loomis on-ramp. The motorcycle operator, Daniel R. Laack, 40, of Brookfield, was transported to the hospital to be treated for facial lacerations, broken ribs, a spleen laceration and back pain. He reportedly went off the ramp and traveled about 20 yards through the grass before overturning and coming to a stop. He stated he remembered nothing of the crash, the sheriff's department said. Laack was arrested for allegedly operating while intoxicated and for an alleged prohibitive alcohol …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A 44-year-old Mukwonago man had to post bail for his 32-year-old girlfriend who came to pick him up because he had been drinking and stopped by police.
When police suggest you call a sober adult to come pick you up from a compromising situation, the key word is sober. That’s the lesson a 44-year-old Mukwonago man and his 32-year-old Hales Corners girlfriend learned last week. According to the Greenfield Police Department report, police pulled over the man for driving with a burnt-out taillight and driving erratically in the 5900 block of South 27th Street just after midnight Aug. 11. Though the 44-year-old admitted to drinking a few beers at State Fair earlier in the evening, he passed officers’ field sobriety tests. Police, however, did not want him to drive home and asked that he call a sober adult to pick him up. He called his 32-year-old girlfriend, a Hales Corners resident, who …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
No one was injured in either accident, according to police, who said the 19-year-old first hit an apartment complex and then a single-family home early Saturday morning.
A 19-year-old man was arrested for alleged drunk driving early Saturday morning after he crashed into a Greenfield home on 65th Street. Turns out the same man crashed into an apartment complex about a mile away just minutes earlier. According to Greenfield Patrol Sergeant Scott Zienkiewicz, the 19-year-old first allegedly struck an air conditioning unit, causing minor damage to the Barnard Apartments, 6630 W. Barnard Avenue. The suspect then traveled down Holmes Avenue to 65th Street, where he allegedly crashed into another building, this time a single-family home, causing significant damage to the house. “We had callers from the apartment that reported the crash, and as squads responded there, we got the report of a second crash and we …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Police bust a Milwaukee man after he's caught slumped over in a car after he pulled over and passed out.
A 24-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges after he was caught driving drunk and on heroin through Greenfield last week. Matthew G. Kukowski was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Saturday with one count of third offense operating while intoxicated and one count of operating a motor vehicle after revocation of his license. If convicted, he faces up to two years in county jail and $4,500 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Thursday, a woman contacted the Greenfield Police Department after she saw Kukowski driving erratically near West Layton Avenue and South 60th Street. The woman said his car was swerving out of its lane and hitting the curb before Kukowski finally pulled over near 60th and Morely Drive. Officers…