POLK COUNTY —  OWI charges have been filed against a Glenwood City man following an incident on July 5 in which he allegedly docked his boat at full “plane” off Lake Wapogasset in Polk County, causing a disturbance to nearby boats, According to a probable cause report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Justin Becker, of Glenwood City, WI, is facing multiple non-criminal citations in Polk County Circuit Court after an incident on July 5, 2019 during which an officer observed Becker docking his boat off of Lake Wapogasset.

The probable cause report states that Becker approached the landing at full “plane”, maintaining speed until he reached an area within 50 feet of the shore and within 15 feet of the dock. The resulting wake caused several boats to strike the dock and moved numerous nearby boats out of their parked positions.

Becker’s boat was “beached” on the shore with “such force, it would later take three adult men to move it back into the water”, according to the probable cause report.

The officer observed that Becker’s speech was slurred and loud; his eyes were glossy and bloodshot; and he smelled strongly of intoxicants. Becker allegedly admitted to consuming a “few beers”.

The probable cause report goes on to state that a preliminary breath test (PBT) on Becker came back with a result of .16. A full intoximeter test was later conducted at the Polk County Jail with a result of .13.

Online circuit court records show that Becker is charged with Operate Boat While Intoxicated, Operate Boat With Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, and Operate Motorboat within 100 Feet of Dock. He is scheduled to have an intake hearing in September 2019 regarding these non-criminal citations.

The three citations carry a total of over $1,100 in possible forfeiture/fines.

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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