RUSK COUNTY — A 57-year-old man has been arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled substance 5th offense, possession of illegal narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia, following a traffic stop near Ladysmith, according to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol.

News Release

Gary A. Hedrington, 57 years of age, from Chippewa Falls, WI has been arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol Spooner Post for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 5th offense.

On 12-31-20, at approximately 8:10 p.m., a WI State Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle for having a defective headlamp on Highway 27 near the City of Ladysmith. The driver was identified as Gary A. Hedrington and showed signs of impairment.

A subsequent investigation, including standardized field sobriety testing, showed that Mr. Hedrington was operating a motor vehicle while impaired with this being his 5th offense.

Mr. Hedrington was arrested and transported to a local hospital for an evidentiary chemical test of his blood and then to the Rusk County Jail.

He is being charged with operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled substance 5th offense, possession of illegal narcotics, and possession of drug paraphrenalia.

"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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