WAUSAU — A 41-year-old Marshfield man is accused of his fifth drunken driving charge following a traffic stop in Spencer.
A review hearing is set for today for David Stephens, who police say nearly struck a vehicle head on and drove into a ditch before being arrested.
Stephens’ preliminary blood alcohol content was 0.225 percent, more than 10 times the 0.02 percent limit imposed by the state due to his four prior OWI convictions. Those convictions happened in 1997, 2000, 2005 and 2013, according to court records.
Stephens’ guessed he would “blow” a 0.25 percent, according to court documents.
Police from multiple departments tried to locate Stephens just before 6 p.m. on Oct. 6 after they were notified of an erratic driver traveling northbound on Hwy. V in Marathon County. Dispatch advised police that Stephens’ vehicle had gone into the ditch but the driver was able to continue on, nearly striking a mailbox and almost causing a head-on collision.
Police pulled Stephens over on W. Dearborn Street near S. Pearl Street in Spencer and administered field sobriety tests before giving him a breathalyzer, according to the criminal complaint. That’s when he was taken into custody.
Stephens first appeared in court Monday, Oct. 9 and was ordered by Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Strasser to be held on a $5,000 signature bond with the first $3.500 to be posted in cash. Online court records show he posted bond on Thursday and is no longer in custody.
A fifth offense drunken driving charge is a class G felony, with penalties ranging from 6 months to 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. If he is convicted, Stephens will be eligible to have his driving privileges reinstated in three years.