Two Drivers Arrested For 5th OWI in Separate Central WI Incidents

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OnFocus – Wisconsin State Patrol reported that on December 27 at 4:48 p.m., a trooper stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Impala for suspended registration along Haney Hill Road and US 8 near Crandon, Sunday afternoon.

The driver, identified as 36-year-old Shawnaway Malone from Crandon, displayed signs of driver impairment. Malone was on probation through the WI Department of Corrections for a previous OWI- with conditions not to consume or possess alcohol, drugs, or drug paraphernalia. Upon further investigation, including Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Malone was arrested.

An evidentiary blood draw was completed and Malone was booked into the Forest County jail. Charges include 5th offense operating while under the influence, operating with a revoked driver’s license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of probation conditions.

At 5:09pm, a trooper stopped a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix displaying registration plates which did not belong to the vehicle along County Q and US 51 near Merrill, Sunday evening.

The trooper detected an odor of intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle and discovered that the driver, identified as 50-year-old Danny Schmidt of Winchester, (WI), was operating with a suspended license which included a 0.02 alcohol content restriction.

Schmidt was also under bond conditions for an open court case (for OWI) which prohibited him from operating a motor vehicle or possessing/consuming intoxicants. Upon further investigation, including Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Schmidt was arrested.

An evidentiary blood draw was completed and Schmidt was booked into the Lincoln County jail. Charges include 5th offense operating while under the influence (prohibited alcohol concentration), operating while suspended, and felony bail jumping.
Law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Friday, December 18 through New Year’s Day, January 1. During the national holiday campaign, law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will patrol in greater numbers, for longer hours, watching for impaired drivers.

“Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.”

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