Webster Woman Sentenced to Prison for OWI Conviction

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | DrydenWire |


BURNETT COUNTY -- A Webster, WI woman has been sentenced to prison for her convictions on charges of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) in two separate Burnett County Circuit Court cases. A third case also charging her with OWI was dismissed, according to online circuit court records.

DrydenWire.com reported in August 2017, that Connie Prose, of Webster, WI, was facing charges of 7th Offense OWI, 8th Offense OWI, and 9th Offense OWI after three separate arrests in Burnett County.

Prose was arrested on July 4, 2017, then again on August 2, 2017, and a third time on August 5, 2017. Criminal charges stemming from each of these incidents were filed against Prose in Burnett County Circuit Court in three separate criminal cases.

Online circuit court records show that Prose appeared for a plea/sentencing hearing on March 20, 2018, regarding all three of her cases as well as multiple non-criminal traffic citations that had been issued to her from the various incidents. The State filed an amended charge of OWI 6th offense for the August 2, 2017, incident date. Charges against Prose for the July 4, 2017, incident date were dismissed. 

Prose entered a plea of guilty to OWI 6th Offense for the August 2, 2017, incident, and also plead guilty to a charge of OWI 7th offense for the August 5, 2017, incident date. According to online circuit court records, Prose received an 8-year sentence: 3 years of initial confinement in State Prison, followed by 5 years of extended supervision on each of her convictions. Her sentences are to run concurrent (at the same time).

Other charges filed against Prose, including felony bail jumping, misdemeanor operating while revoked, and misdemeanor failure to install ignition interlock device as well as non-criminal charges of drinking open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, operate without insurance, and seatbelt requirement violation were all dismissed but read-in by the Court.

The Court also ordered Prose to undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment, comply with any treatment recommended, and maintain absolute sobriety. 

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Webster Woman Charged with 8th & 9th OWI's After Being Arrested for 7th on July 4th

Monday, August 14, 2017 | DrydenWire

BURNETT COUNTY -- Connie Prose, of Webster, WI., was arrested on July 4, 2017, and later charged with Class F Felony 7th Offense OWI, Class F Felony 7th Offense Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, Misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle While Revoked, and Misdemeanor Failure to Install an Ignition Interlock Device (see previous post below).

On August 2nd and August 5th, Prose was also arrested and subsequently charged with Felony 8th and 9th OWI, respectively.

According to criminal complaints obtained by DrydenWire.com, on August 2nd, 2017, at 8:41 PM, a Burnett County Sheriff's Deputy received information from County Dispatch that Prose had recently left the Log Cabin Store where she had allegedly purchased alcohol. Prose was currently out on a Felony Bond through Burnett County with conditions that bond being no consumption or possession of alcohol and not to be on a premise that sells alcohol.  

After the Deputy initiated a traffic stop, the Deputy could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from Prose and her eyes were bloodshot.  Prose admitted to drinking "2-3 beers" since 8 PM. The deputy noticed an open can of Bud Light in the cup holder in the vehicle, and Prose admitted that it was hers. Prose also admitted to drinking beer between Danbury and Webster and was aware of her Bond conditions.

According to the Probable Cause report, Prose was issued a Field Sobriety Test with the last portion having Prose submit a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT).  Prose blew a .280.

Prose is charged with Class F Felony 8th Offense OWI, Class H Felony Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle While Revoked, and Misdemeanor Failure to Install an Ignition Interlock Device.

3 days later on August 5th, 2017, a Burnett County Deputy issued a traffic stop after observing a vehicle driving slow, but erratically, including driving in the oncoming lane of traffic. After running the license plates, the vehicle was registered to, and the driver later identified as, Connie Prose. Prose exited the vehicle after beings stopped and the Deputy stated she was staggering as she walked towards him. 

The Deputy stated that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, pupils contracted, and her speech was slurred.

According to the Probable Cause report, Prose was issued a Field Sobriety Test with the last portion having Prose submit a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT).  Prose blew a .320.

Prose is charged with Class F Felony 9th Offense OWI, Class H Felony Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle While Revoked, and Misdemeanor Failure to Install an Ignition Interlock Device.

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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July 4th Traffic Stop Leads to 7th OWI Charges for Webster Woman

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | DrydenWire

BURNETT COUNTY -- A traffic stop on the 4th of July, 2017 has resulted in Felony charges of 7th Offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) for a Webster, WI woman.

According to the criminal complaint at around 11:30 AM on July 4, 2017, a Webster, WI Police Officer saw a woman driving in the Village of Webster without a seatbelt on. A traffic stop was conducted, and the officer identified the driver as Connie Prose, of Webster, WI. The officer asked Prose if she had a driver's license or an occupational license or an identification card; Prose handed the officer a blank check receipt and said that was the best she could do.

When the officer asked Prose if she had been drinking, Prose said, No. The officer told Prose that the officer could smell mouthwash and asked if she had been drinking mouthwash; Prose again said, No.

After confirming that Prose's driver's license was revoked by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for a prior alcohol-related conviction, Prose was placed under arrest for Misdemeanor Operating While Revoked. The officer reportedly found a partially crushed beer case behind the driver's seat of the car as well with a bottle of Non-Alcohol Mouthwash.

Prose was transported to the Burnett County Jail and during the booking process, a portable breath test was conducted. The results of that test were .25. Prose then agreed to undergo an intoximeter test; the results of which were .23.

The criminal complaint states that Prose was previously convicted of OWI on 6 separate occasions:

  • December 16, 1997, in Sawyer County, WI in connection with an incident which occurred on November 7, 1997
  • October 1, 1998, in Burnett County, WI in connection with an incident which occurred on July 3, 1998
  • November 28, 2011, in Polk County, WI in connection with an incident which occurred on April 17, 2011
  • March 5, 2013, in Burnett County, Wisconsin in connection with an incident which occurred on July 19, 2012
  • March 5, 2013, in Burnett County, Wisconsin in connection with an incident which occurred on November 15, 2012
  • February 13, 2017, in Burnett County, WI in connection with an incident which occurred on April 21, 2016

Prose is charged with Class F Felony 7th Offense OWI, Class F Felony 7th Offense Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, Misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle While Revoked, and Misdemeanor Failure to Install an Ignition Interlock Device.

Prose appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court on July 12, 2017, regarding her Felony charges. No new court date is listed for her at this time. 

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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