SHELL LAKE -- A jury of 12 found a Minong, WI man guilty of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) 4th Offense on September 12, 2017. 

Public record shows that a jury was held in Washburn County Circuit Court on September 12, 2017, for Jay Rogstad of Minong, WI.

Charges of OWI 4th Offense were filed against Rogstad following an incident on July 10, 2016, when law enforcement was called out to Gruzy's Bar on Nancy Lake Road, Minong Township. Deputies were called to the Bar due to a fight which had allegedly occurred between Rogstad and another man. 

The criminal complaint filed against Rogstad states that after deputies spoke to witnesses about the fight, they determined that Rogstad had left the establishment, but had reportedly made statements that he would be coming back to put an end to what had happened there that night.

A short time later a vehicle was seen by deputies enter the driveway of Gruzy's, reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputies approached the vehicle and saw that the driver was a male who had blood around his nose. They also saw an open can of Busch Lite beer in the center console of the vehicle and could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

When Rogstad got out of his vehicle he could not stand without holding on to the side of the vehicle and his speech was slurred as he attempted to speak to the deputies. Deputies attempted to perform Field Sobriety Testing with Rogstad, but he was not able to successfully complete the tests, falling over at one point. Rogstad refused to cooperate with an evidentiary blood draw.

The criminal complaint states that the deputies advised Rogstad that he was being placed under arrest and that a report against him would be referred over to the Washburn County District Attorney requesting charges of OWI and Misdemeanor Battery. 

After testimony from deputies and witnesses at the Jury Trial on September 12, 2017, the jury deliberated for about an hour. They returned a guilty verdict on the charge of OWI 4th offense for Rogstad.

The Court moved ahead with sentencing for Rogstad, ordering him to serve 330 days in county jail, with entitlement to Huber Privileges and Good Time. Rogstad was also ordered to pay a fine of $3,264, and undergo an Alcohol and Drug Assessment.

Online circuit court records show that on July 28, 2016, a second criminal complaint was also filed against Rogstad in Washburn County Circuit Court, charging him with Misdemeanor Battery and Disorderly Conduct, however, those charges were dismissed by Prosecutor Motion on September 1, 2017.


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