A Minong, WI man plead guilty to 6th Offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) in Washburn County Circuit Court on June 5, 2017.
Charges were filed against Timothy Larson, of Minong, WI, on November 17, 2016, after an incident on November 3, 2016, in which a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper made contact with Larson after the Trooper observed Larson pull his truck over onto the side of the road. The Trooper also observed that Larson's truck had defective exhaust and a defective license plate lamp.
The criminal complaint states that the Trooper approached the truck on the passenger side and observed an open container of Miller Lite beer in the front passenger seat. Larson provided his identification to the Trooper and when the trooper asked about the open container, Larson reportedly told the Trooper that the container was his from earlier that day.
Larson later told the Trooper that he had 'way too much' to drink that night. The Trooper conducted standard field sobriety tests with Larson, however, Larson was unable to complete all the tests due to health reasons. A preliminary breath test of Larson gave a result of 0.13.
Larson was arrested for OWI and public record shows that at a bail hearing in Washburn County Circuit Court on November 4, 2016, he was placed on a $100.00 cash bail bond which was posted that same day.
On December 22, 2016, a preliminary examination hearing was held, and the Court heard testimony from the State Trooper who arrested Larson regarding Larson's charges. Further hearings were set throughout the first part of 2017 with a plea hearing originally scheduled for May 15, 2017.
On June 5, the Court accepted Larson's plea of guilty to the charge of 6th offense OWI, which is a Class H Felony, and ordered that a Pre-Sentence Investigation Report (PSI) be completed prior to the sentencing hearing now scheduled for August 14, 2017.
Larson could face a maximum sentence of 6 years confinement in state prison per the charge listed in the criminal complaint filed against him. An OWI penalty chart located on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Website lists a minimum sentence of 6 months confinement for 6th Offense OWI.