BURNETT COUNTY — A man facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) 5th Offense in Burnett County has entered a plea and been convicted of a reduced charge of OWI 1st Offense following successful motions by the Defense.

DrydenWire.com reported in September 2018 that Randy Staples, of Danbury, WI, had been charged with Class G Felony 5th Offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Burnett County Circuit Court following a traffic stop by a Webster Police Officer.

A preliminary test of Staples’ breath gave a result of .19. The criminal complaint goes on to state that the Officer found several empty “Redds” bottles in the trunk of the vehicle. The Officer also noticed the smell of marijuana. In the center console of the vehicle, the Officer saw several prescription bottles. While attempting to locate Staples’ prescription for Lyrica, the Officer saw that two of the prescription bottles contained baggies with a green leafy substance in them which later tested positive for THC (marijuana). In addition, the Officer found a green pipe with a burnt substance in it.

Online circuit court records show that at a recent hearing in Burnett County Circuit Court, the Court addressed motions filed by Defense Counsel for Staples regarding collateral attack of Staples’ prior convictions for OWI.

Burnett County District Attorney advised the court that due to the inability to locate documentation to support prior convictions for OWI, the State was in support of reducing Mr. Staples’ charge to OWI 1st Offense.

Staples’ was ordered to pay nearly $1,000 in costs regarding the OWI conviction. His remaining criminal charges were dismissed.


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