Couple’s fight leads to 6th OWI arrest

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VILLAGE OF SPENCER — A 911 call regarding a physical altercation in a vehicle ended in the arrest of a 45-year-old Marshfield man, accused of his sixth drunken driving offense.

Jason Peterson appeared Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court, where he faces charges of drug possession in addition to the OWI charge. A judge ordered Peterson held on a $5,000 cash bond.

Police were dispatched at around 3:15 p.m. to Hwy. 13 near Eau Pleine Road for a report of a couple fighting inside a moving vehicle. A few minutes later, two officer stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Peterson, who admitted having an argument with the woman that had escalated and turned physical, according to the police report.

Peterson, who allegedly admitted drinking before getting behind the wheel, failed field sobriety tests, according to the police report. A preliminary breath test shows Peterson was driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.14 percent, seven times the 0.02 percent limit imposed on Peterson due to his prior five OWI convictions.

Police also discovered marijuana and a pipe while searching Peterson, according to court filings. They also allegedly discovered three open cans of beer and a 1.7 liter bottle of Fireball with a small amount remaining inside Peterson’s van.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 27.