BURNETT COUNTY -- The Court has ordered Robin Johnson, of Shell Lake, WI, to serve consecutive prison sentences on his OWI convictions.
In September 2020 Robin Johnson was taken into custody for Operating While Intoxicated 7th Offense following a brief pursuit by law enforcement in Burnett County.
On September 30, 2020, an Officer with the St. Croix Tribal Police Department saw a vehicle traveling eastbound on State Highway 70 at speeds of 115 miles per hour (mph) in a 55 mph zone. The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to stop and instead turned onto Viola Lake Road. The vehicle entered a dead-end zone before turning onto a driveway and finally coming to a stop.
The Officer approached the vehicle with a firearm drawn, and the driver did ultimately comply with the Officer’s commands. The driver was identified as Robin Johnson, of Shell Lake, WI. Officers on scene noticed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Johnson, and a preliminary breath test was conducted, with a result of .204.
Johnson was charged with Class F Felony OWI 7th Offense; Class I Felony Attempting to Flee or Elude an Officer, and Misdemeanor Operate While Revoked. A fourth charge of Misdemeanor Failure to Install Ignition Interlock Device was dismissed at Johnson’s Initial Appearance court hearing on October 5, 2020.
Johnson appeared most recently on February 11, 2022, regarding his September 2020 OWI arrest. The Court ordered a 5-year prison sentence for Johnson on his conviction of Operating While Intoxicated 7th Offense with 3 years of initial confinement in state prison to be followed by 2 years of extended supervision. The remaining charges filed against Johnson were dismissed but read in at a hearing in August 2021 when the Court accepted Johnson’s plea of Guilty to the OWI charge.
Johnson has previously been convicted of operating while intoxicated on July 31, 2000, August 16, 2001, February 8, 2002, and August 13, 2008, in Burnett County, Wisconsin; and on April 24, 2013, and December 2, 2019, in Washburn County, Wisconsin.
Johnson’s December 2019 conviction stemmed from his arrest by the Wisconsin State Patrol in January 2019 following a traffic stop for speeding.
The Court had initially ordered Johnson to serve 8 months of county jail time and 2 years of probation for that December 2019 OWI conviction.
Online circuit court records show that Johnson’s probation for the 2019 OWI conviction was revoked in January 2021, and the Court ordered him to serve a 6-year prison sentence with 3 years of initial confinement followed by 3 years of extended supervision.
Johnson has been ordered to serve his two prison sentences on the two OWI convictions consecutively. Johnson is ordered to pay nearly $6,000 in costs, fines, and fees for his most recent conviction, and the Court also ordered that Johnson’s driver’s license should be revoked for life.