WAUSAU — A 36-year-old Mosinee woman accused of her 7th OWI in 13 years was on extended supervision — Wisconsin’s version of parole — when she was arrested, court documents show.
Department of Corrections reports show Michelle L. Brown has been on extended supervision since her July release from prison, where she served a two-year sentence for her 6th OWI. Brown was initially released from Taycheedah Correctional Institution in March 2016 but was sent back to prison at least twice after she failed to follow the rules of her release, DOC records show.
Brown was arrested Monday after police were tipped off that a man was selling drugs in the parking lot of a local department store. Police believe Brown was driving with methamphetamine in her system; blood test results are pending.
Brown on Monday failed field sobriety tests and told police she was a “prior drug addict,” according to the criminal complaint, but denied taking illegal drugs before driving. Police used a search warrant to obtain a sample of Brown’s blood when she refused to voluntarily submit to testing, according to the police report.
Brown appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Wednesday to face charges of 7th offense OWI, operating with a revoked license and five counts of bail jumping, court records show. A judge ordered Brown held on a $5,000 signature bond and she is also being held indefinitely on a probation and parole hold.
A pretrial conference is set for Sept. 26.