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WASHBURN COUNTY -- Two criminal complaints with charges for OWI 5th Offense have been filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Rebecca Holmstrom, of Webster, WI.

Holmstrom was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 5th Offense on April 21, 2022, in Shell Lake, WI, and then again on May 29, 2022, in Spooner, WI.

On April 21, 2022, around 3:30p, Holmstrom’s vehicle was traveling in the area of Pederson Drive and Highway 63 when it was observed crossing the center line and traveling northbound in the southbound lane, according to a criminal complaint filed against Holmstrom. A Washburn County Sheriff’s Office Deputy conducted a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Holmstrom. When asked to provide her driver’s license, Holmstrom allegedly stated that she didn’t have one and that she believed she was revoked. An open container of beer was located in the console cup holder and an odor of intoxicants was coming from the vehicle, according to the complaint.

A Shell Lake Police Officer responded to the scene of the traffic stop as well. When asked if she had been drinking, Holmstrom allegedly stated that she had consumed at least 4 beers since 10a that morning.

Holmstrom attempted to complete field sobriety tests, but the criminal complaint states that she was unable to do so, being unsteady in her balance. A preliminary breath alcohol test gave a result of .185. Holmstrom was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for a voluntary blood draw. Results of any testing on that blood sample were not included in the criminal complaint at the time of this post.

Online circuit court records show that at a hearing on April 22, 2022, Holmstrom appeared for a bail bond hearing and Court Commissioner Kohler placed her on a cash bond of $750 with conditions that she maintain absolute sobriety and not operate a motor vehicle without a valid license.

On May 29, 2022, shortly before 10:30p, Washburn County Dispatch received a call about a vehicle traveling slowly in the area of Highway 70 and County Highway O. The vehicle reportedly had almost gone into the ditch and was headed eastbound. The vehicle’s registration was expired.

A Spooner Police Officer located the vehicle in the area of the Spooner Wesleyan church, traveling 25 mph in a 35 mph zone. The Officer observed the vehicle travel to the Kwik Trip located in Spooner at the intersection of Highways 63/70.

The criminal complaint filed against Holmstrom states that the Officer observed a female exit the driver’s seat and a male exit the passenger seat. The Officer approached the vehicle, told the female and the male to step back inside the vehicle, and asked the female to turn the key off and place the keys on the dash. They both complied.

When the Officer asked the female if she had her driver’s license and proof of insurance, she allegedly stated, “no”. She went on to state that they had traveled from Hertel, on Anchor Inn Road, that they stopped at Kwik Trip, and that they were heading home.

The Officer noticed that the female had bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred and slowed speech and that there was an odor of intoxicants coming from her, and asked her to step out of the vehicle.

Note: The criminal complaint states that there were two adult passengers in the vehicle, however, no charges were located in online records regarding either passenger, so their names are not included here.

The female then stated, "I need a break man". When asked what that meant, she said "we needed to come and get milk, I know I should not have been driving.”

After exiting the vehicle, the female was identified as Rebecca Holmstrom. Holmstrom allegedly stated that she had 4 beers. The complaint goes on to state that the Officer noticed that Holmstrom was unsteady on her feet and swaying. Holmstrom allegedly stated that she was “asking for a favor," and that she could "call her daughter” so she could come to get them. The Officer told her they were beyond that point because she chose to get behind the wheel. Holmstrom declined to do any field sobriety testing, and also declined to give a voluntary sample of her blood, according to the criminal complaint filed against her.

A search warrant was obtained and a sample of Holmstrom’s blood was taken for testing by the State Crime Lab. Results of that testing were not included in the criminal complaint at the time of this post. Holmstrom was transported to the Washburn County Jail.

Online circuit court records show that Holmstrom appeared for a bail bond hearing on May 31, 2022, and the Hon. Angeline Winton ordered a $3,000 cash bond for her with the same conditions as the previous bond. The bond was posted the same day, according to online records.

Holmstrom is facing two counts of Class G Felony 5th Offense Operating While Intoxicated, one count of Class H Felony Bail Jumping, and non-criminal charges of Operating After Revocation, Possess Open Intoxicants in Vehicle, Non-Registration of Vehicle. Holmstrom appeared most recently on June 13, 2022, and is scheduled to appear again in July 2022 regarding all her charges.

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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