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Milwaukee man faces 10 years in prison for 5th OWI

Posted: 5:24 PM, Mar 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-28 18:32:12-04

A Milwaukee man faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of his 5th OWI charge.

Just before Midnight on Saturday, March 17, Michael Shilbauer was speeding down 86th Street near Helena Court. A deputy tried to pull Shilbauer over for his unsafe lane deviations, but he didn't stop. 

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, Shilbauer reached speeds of 95 miles per hour. The deputy stopped his car at 88th Street, but Shilbauer crashed into the squad car and drove off, the wrong way down Good Hope Road. The deputy called for back up.

Shilbauer's vehicle was found at 80th and Casper Street, only .3 miles from his home. Deputies were able to find Shilbauer walking through a yard near his home.

Shilbauer, a 49-year-old Milwaukee resident, was highly intoxicated and refused a PBT.

When asked to take the sobriety tests, Shilbauer said, "no, I was not driving, my car was stolen, they took my key."

The key was found in his jacket and deputies declared that Shilbauer was impaired.

If convicted, this will be Shilbauer's 5th OWI, which could result in up to ten years in prison. 

Previous OWI arrests were in August of 2000, September of 2003, February of 2004, October of 2005, and October of 2012.

Shilbauer also faces charges of fleeing an officer and recklessly endangering safety. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for the hit-and-run.