BURNETT COUNTY - The Court has sentenced a man in Burnett County regarding charges of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and meth possession.
DrydenWire.com reported in October 2018, that Russell Lindbom, of Danbury, WI was facing charges of OWI 8th Offense after Law Enforcement responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the travel lanes of Midtown Road in the area of Old 35 Road.
Responding Deputies found a man and woman asleep in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Lindbom, and he provided a preliminary breath sample of 0.103. An evidentiary blood draw found Lindbom’s blood alcohol concentration to be 0.109.
When Law Enforcement asked Lindbom why he was parked in the middle of a roadway, Lindbom said that he was not driving and said that they were only there because of a problem with the clutch on the vehicle.
Charges of Class F Felony OWI 8th Offense, Misdemeanor Operate Motor Vehicle While Revoked and Class F Felony Operating While Prohibited Alcohol Concentration - 8th Offense were filed against Lindbom. Online circuit court records show that Lindbom was also facing numerous criminal charges in other cases filed against him including Class H Felony Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct - Domestic Abuse/Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Domestic Disorderly Conduct, and Misdemeanor Operate While Revoked.
Online circuit court records show that Lindbom’s defense counsel filed a motion for Collateral Attack of Lindbom’s prior OWI convictions. At a hearing in August 2019, Lindbom plead Guilty to a reduced charge of OWI 6th Offense and a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. The remaining charges filed against Lindbom were dismissed and/or read-in as part of the plea negotiations to settle all his criminal cases.
Lindbom appeared for a sentencing hearing in Burnett County Circuit Court. The Court ordered a sentence of 5-years probation with 1-year of conditional jail for his conviction of OWI 6th Offense. Lindbom received 95 days of jail credit for time served. Regarding the conviction of Possession of Methamphetamine, the Court ordered 2-years of probation to be served concurrently.
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Conditions of probation will require Lindbom to maintain absolute sobriety with no use or possession of drugs, substances, or paraphernalia without valid prescription and undergo alcohol testing at minimum of 3x per week randomly. He is also prohibited from using or possessing any vehicle for at least 1 year and until he has obtained a valid driver's license.
Lindbom will also be subject to random testing of breath, blood or urine by any law enforcement or corrections officer upon arrest or reasonable suspicion. In addition, Lindbom was ordered to undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow-through with recommendations as well as regular testing for use of controlled substances.
The Court also ordered Lindbom to complete 100 hours of documented community service with any non-profit; the hours must be completed within 1-year of Lindbom’s release from conditional jail time.