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POLK COUNTY -- A traffic stop on a motorcycle in the city of Clear Lake, WI, has led to charges of 7th Offense OWI for Sean Gayhart of Cumberland, WI.

On June 12, 2022, at around midnight, a Clear Lake Police Officer observed a Harley Davidson motorcycle after hearing “an extremely loud rev of a motorcycle engine”. The motorcycle slowed down at a stop sign but failed to stop The bike made a right turn and the front tire almost hit the curb. The Officer followed the motorcycle and attempted a traffic stop. The motorcycle did not immediately stop but did ultimately pull over onto the shoulder. The criminal complaint states that the driver dropped the motorcycle on its side and attempted to pick it back up but was unable to.

The driver was identified as Sean Gayhart, of Cumberland, WI. The Officer noticed an odor of intoxicants coming from Gayhart and when asked, Gayhart allegedly responded that he had "a couple ... 4, 6 ... beers." The Officer asked Gayhart if he had any weapons, and he gave the Officer a foldable pocket knife and said that was the only weapon that he had.

The Officer attempted to conduct field sobriety tests with Gayhart, however, the criminal complaint states that he was unable to successfully complete the tests. Gayhart did provide a preliminary breath sample at the scene, and the results of that indicated a breath alcohol level of 0.166.

Gayhart was taken into custody for operating while intoxicated and transported to a hospital for a voluntary evidentiary blood draw. Results of any testing on that blood sample were not included in the criminal complaint at the time of this post.

The criminal complaint states that while the Officer was performing a custodial search of Gayhart, a marijuana pipe was found in Gayhart’s pocket. A loaded Smith & Wesson handgun was found in a compartment on the motorcycle, with a round in the chamber of the handgun.

According to the complaint, Gayhart has previously been convicted 6 times for operating while intoxicated.

Gayhart is charged in Polk County Circuit Court with Class F Felony Operating a Motor Vehicle 7th Offense, Class G Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felony, Misdemeanor Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Misdemeanor Possession of THC, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Online circuit court records show that he appeared on June 13, 2022, and the Hon. James Krupa ordered a $750 cash bond. Gayhart is scheduled to appear again in July 2022.

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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