WASHBURN COUNTY -- Felony charges of 5th Offense Operating With Restricted Controlled Substance in Blood have been filed against a Spooner, WI man.

According to a criminal complaint, Corey Oja, of Spooner, WI, is facing felony charges for 5th Offense Operating With Restricted Controlled Substance in Blood. The criminal complaint states that on April 27, 2018, a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the City of Spooner because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Oja. When the Trooper questioned Oja about where he was going, he said he was going to “a buddy’s house”. Oja also told the Trooper that his Driver’s License was revoked. A check of the registration indicated that the license plates on the vehicle did not match the vehicle. Oja told the Trooper that he had just purchased the vehicle. While taking Oja into custody, the Trooper removed a knife from Oja.

The criminal complaint goes on to state that the  the Wisconsin State Patrol K9 Unit was deployed on Oja’s vehicle and after positive indications were given by K9 partner Rocky, Troopers located marijuana,a black pen, a plastic baggy, and a vial all containing white residue that tested positive for methamphetamine inside Oja’s vehicle.

While transporting Oja to the Washburn County Jail, Oja asked the Trooper what he was going to be charged with and allegedly went on to tell the Trooper that he had used methamphetamine 4 months ago.

Once at the Washburn County Jail, the Trooper conducted standard field sobriety tests with Oja. After Oja refused to voluntarily supply a sample of his blood for testing, the Trooper completed a warrant for an evidentiary draw of Oja’s blood to determine if he had any substances in his blood. That warrant was granted, and Oja was transported to the Shell Lake Hospital Emergency Room for the blood draw.

A lab report from the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene included in the criminal complaint states that Oja had THC (Marijuana), Methamphetamine, and Amphetamine in his blood at the time of the incident.

The criminal complaint also states that Oja was previously convicted of the following:

  • Operating While Intoxicated on November 21, 2000 in Rice Lake City Municipal Court, UTC Number: A244162-2, from an incident occurring on October 19, 2000; and
  • Operating While Intoxicated on December 27, 2005 in Washburn County Circuit Court, UTC Number: E545918-2, from an incident occurring on May 18, 2005; and
  • Operating While Intoxicated on December 27, 2005 in Washburn County Circuit Court, UTC Number: F834301-6, from an incident occurring on June 9, 2005; and
  • Operating With Prohibited Alcohol Concentration on May 13, 2014 in Washburn County Circuit Court Case No. 2012CT000078 from an incident occurring on April 28, 2012.

Online circuit court records show that a separate criminal case was previously filed on May 3, 2018 in Washburn County Circuit Court against Oja with the same offense date of April 27, charging him with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Class I Felony Possession of THC (Marijuana) 2nd + Offense, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Operate While Revoked, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia.

Those charges were dismissed but read in on August 2, 2018 at a hearing in which Oja entered pleas to multiple charges including  Felony Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Misdemeanor Operate While Revoked that had been filed against him in various criminal cases. Details of those cases are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time.

Oja is scheduled to appear in September for an initial appearance on this newest charge as well as for sentencing on his previous case(s).

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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