Marshfield (OnFocus) – It’s been a busy couple of weeks for law enforcement in Marshfield, with many incidents of drunk driving.
On July 2, a 35-year-old Marshfield male was arrested for his 1st OWI after a traffic stop in the city. He was transported to Marshfield Medical Center for medical evaluation and later released to his girlfriend.
The following week, on July 10, a man was traveling southbound on Veterans Parkway when he left the roadway at the Peach Street overpass – causing a collision with multiple wood barricade poles and light pole. One witness reported seeing the vehicle traveling at a speed of approximately 80 mph, while another witness reported seeing the vehicle traveling at 60-80 mph immediately before the crash in the posted 35 mph zone.
Inside the vehicle, an open bottle fireball cinnamon whiskey was observed on the passenger seat and there was a small amount of alcohol missing with the seal broken. The driver was transported to MMC. He stated he had gotten home from work approximately an hour and a half prior to the incident and consumed approximately three 8-oz glasses of bourbon on ice. He briefly passed out and awoke believing it was the next morning and was late for work. He stated that he lost control due to possible hydro-planing.
Earlier this week, on July 14, multiple reports were given to Wood County Communications Center regarding a vehicle’s driving behavior to include almost going in the ditch, deviating from the lane, very high rates of speed to be 80mph+, and overall being “all over the road”.
Officers located the vehicle in the area of Veterans Parkway and Vine Ave, traveling northbound on Veterans. Officer turned around to follow this vehicle and continued to travel northbound on Veterans towards the intersection of Maple Ave/Veterans. When the officer got behind the vehicle, they noticed it swerve across the fog line and then the centerline. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver had extremely slurred and slow speech. The driver submitted to field sobriety tests, which he performed poorly. The driver was arrested for OWI and refused a legal blood test. Citations were issued to the driver and he was eventually released to a sober adult.
Later that afternoon, a defendant was involved in a disturbance which included a minor vehicle crash on a public roadway in front of his residence, in which he was an operator of the vehicle. During the investigation, the defendant’s behavior led officers to believe he may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The defendant agreed to perform field sobriety tests, during which he performed poorly. The defendant was given several opportunities to submit a PBT sample, but would not provide a proper blow. Based on the results of the field sobriety tests, the defendant was arrested, and then consented to a legal blood draw which was taken at MMC prior to his being released to a responsible party.
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