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Milwaukee County Sheriff: 24 drunk drivers arrested over New Year's holiday

Posted: 3:36 PM, Jan 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-02 16:36:44-05
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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24 people for drunken driving as part of its Operation Drive Sober initiative, which began at 4 p.m. Friday and concluded at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sheriff Richard Schmidt said in a news release.

The average preliminary breath test results were 0.16, according to police.

Deputies arrested eight repeat offenders.

A 36-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for his fifth operating while intoxicated. A 35-year-old Port Washington man was arrested for his fifth OWI.

At about 12:40 a.m. Dec. 30, the 36-year-old Milwaukee man reportedly was traveling northbound on Interstate 43 near the Marquette interchange when he passed a marked squad car about 100 mph and exited on McKinley Avenue, police said.

He eventually stopped his vehicle at North 14th Street and West Walnut Street. He reportedly tested 0.232 on his PBT, police said. His previous convictions were in November 2012, August 2014, December 2014 and February 2018, police said.

If convicted of a fifth offense, the Milwaukee man faces up to 10 years in prison. He also faces two misdemeanor charges: operating while revoked and failure to install an ignition interlock device, which carry a penalty of up to 10 months in jail.

Just before midnight Monday, the 35-year-old Port Washington man reportedly made an unsafe lane deviation at a high speed, estimated at 80 mph in a 50 mph zone, on I-43 southbound near West Locust Street.

He allegedly recorded a 0.18 on his PBT and had a suspended driver’s license, police said. His prior OWI convictions were in August 2004, February 2007, June 2011 and November 2014, police said. If convicted, the Port Washington man faces up to 10 years in prison.

A 60-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for his fourth OWI. A 26-year-old Wauwatosa resident was arrested for their second OWI and ignition Interlock tampering. A 28-year-old Milwaukee resident was arrested for a second OWI and resisting/obstructing. A 34-year-old Sussex man was arrested for his second OWI. A 42-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for his second OWI and hit-and-run.

Fourteen first-time offenders were taken into custody.