Arrest by Spooner Police Leads to Charges of OWI with Kids in Car, Possession of Meth
Spooner Police Officers arrested a man on November 20, 2017 at around 8:30 PM at the Spooner Kwik Trip after investigating a call which stated that a man appeared to be an intoxicated driver of a vehicle with multiple passengers.
According to the criminal complaint Spooner Police Officers were dispatched to the Spooner Kwik Trip gas station located at the intersection of State Highways 63 and 70 after Washburn County Dispatch received a call stating that a man who appeared to be under the influence of some substance was at the Kwik Trip and apparently was the driver of a vehicle with several passengers.
Officers arrived at Kwik Trip and located the vehicle at the gas pumps, with the engine running.
The man in the driver’s seat of the vehicle was identified as Christopher Lowe, of Siren, WI, and officers who responded to the scene discovered that there were 2 adult females in the vehicle and 3 young children. When officers attempted to speak with Lowe, he initially appeared confused and had difficulty following basic requests and maintaining a conversation.
One of the female passengers was identified as the mother of the 3 children. She allegedly advised officers that she and Lowe had been drinking for the majority of the day prior to making contact with the officers. The criminal complaint goes on to state that the female told officers that Lowe was going to take her and her children home to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) in Minnesota. The children identified themselves to the officers and confirmed that their ages were 8 years old, 7 years old, and 4 years old.
As officers attempted to speak with Lowe and explain that he was in violation of Wisconsin State law, he allegedly became confrontational -arguing with the officers and ultimately shouting profanities and insults at the officers and at all other law enforcement. Lowe was placed under arrest and was transported the Washburn County Jail.
The criminal complaint goes on to state that once officers arrived at the Washburn County Jail, Lowe became increasingly uncooperative and continued to yell at the officers and argue with them. While Lowe was being booked into the Washburn County Jail, officers examined a backpack type bag which had been identified as belonging to Lowe. Inside the bag officers found a bottle containing pills which tested positive for methamphetamine as well as glass beaker containing white powder which also tested positive for methamphetamine.
Lowe refused to give a voluntary sample of his blood for testing at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, allegedly continuing to yell at the officers and shout profanities, so officers contacted a judge to obtain a search warrant for a sample of Lowe’s blood. That warrant was granted, and Lowe was brought to Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake, WI for a blood draw to be conducted. The results of that blood test are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time.
Lowe is charged with the following:
- Felony 4th Offense Operating While Intoxicated (With a Passenger under 16 yrs old)
- Felony 4th Offense Operating with Restricted Controlled Substance in Blood (With a Passenger under 16 Years Old)
- Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine
- Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer
- Misdemeanor Operate Motor Vehicle While Revoked
- 2 Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
It is not known to DrydenWire.com at this time if Lowe was placed on a bail bond following his arrest. Lowe is scheduled to appear on his charges on December 11, 2017.
The names of the adult females involved in this incident are not being released by DrydenWire.com in this story as no criminal charges for either of the females are listed with online circuit court records at this time. It is not known to DrydenWire.com if any charges will be filed against either of the females.
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.