POLK COUNTY -- A man is facing charges of operating a snowmobile while intoxicated after being stopped and arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s Office snowmobile units.
On February 21, 2020, two Polk County Sheriff’s Office snowmobile units stopped a snowmobile on Gandy Dancer trail just after 9:30p. The snowmobile operator nearly struck a parked snowmobile and a Deputy while stopping his snowmobile.
According to a probable cause report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the operator was identified as Jeffery Larson, of Luck, WI.
Deputies observed that Larson had trouble with his coordination and balance while taking off his helmet and locating his identification and that Larson’s speech was slurred and difficult to understand when he attempted to answer the Deputies’ questions. Larson allegedly admitted to consuming 4 beers prior to the stop.
Field sobriety tests were conducted with Larson, and Deputies noticed several clues of impairment, according to the probable cause report. A preliminary breath test sample from Larson gave a result of 0.192.
Larson was taken into custody and transported to the Polk County Jail. At the jail, Larson refused to provide an evidentiary breath test sample.
Citations for Forfeiture Operate Snowmobile While Intoxicated; Forfeiture Snowmobiler Refuse/Breathalyzer; and Forfeiture Fail/Attach Snowmobile Registration Decal/Trail Use Sticker were issued to Larson, according to online circuit court records.
An intake hearing on the non-criminal charges is scheduled for Larson in April.
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.