POLK COUNTY -- Charges of 6th Offense Operating While Intoxicated have been filed against Robert Bushway of Milltown, WI, following an incident on January 8, 2019 when he allegedly crashed his vehicle into the side of a building on Main Street East.

According to a probable cause report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, on January 8, 2019, the Milltown Police Department received a report that a vehicle had taken out a sign before crashing into the side of a building located on Main Street East. The vehicle then got stuck in a snow bank, however, after several attempts was able to drive out of the snowbank and left the area.

A witness provided a license plate number to the Police Department, which was registered to Bushway. Am Officer went to Bushway’s residence and found a vehicle outside that matched the description provided by witnesses of the incident.  The vehicle had significant recent damage to its exterior with color matching the color of the building that was struck.

The owner of the building that was struck during the incident told the Office that he estimated repairs to the siding of the building would cost $1,300.

The probable cause report states that  when Law Enforcement made contact with Bushway inside the residence, he was stumbling into the walls and furniture as he moved around his house, attempting to locate his identification. The Officer also noticed an odor of alcohol coming from Bushway, who allegedly told the Officer that he had consumed ‘3 wines’ earlier that night at Wise Guys Bar and that he had just driven himself home from there. Bushway did not recall striking anything with his vehicle and was confused as to why the Officer was at his residence.

The Officer attempted to conduct field sobriety testing, but Bushway was not able to successfully complete the tests. Bushway agreed to provide a sample of his blood for testing and the Officer transported him to St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Results of that blood test were not listed in the probable cause report.

Online circuit court records show that Bushway was placed on $500 cash bail bond at a hearing on January 10, 2019, and is scheduled to appear again later this month for a preliminary examination hearing.

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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