By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — A 55-year-old Wausau man is behind bars after being arrested Saturday on the city’s north side on suspicion of his 8th drunken driving offense.

Kelly G. Powers of Wausau. Courtesy: Marathon County Sheriff’s Department

Kelly G. Powers was pulled over at about 2:34 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on E. Campus Drive at Cherry Street in Wausau after an officer allegedly observed Powers drifting into the lane of oncoming traffic, according to the police report. Fearing Powers might cause a crash, the officer activated his emergency lights and Powers pulled over about a block later, police said.

Powers, who told officers he was en route to a convenience store to buy a pizza, struggled to maintain his balance and stumbled while undergoing field sobriety tests, police said. According to the police report, a preliminary breath test showed Powers was driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.065 percent, which is below the 0.08 limit set for drivers in Wisconsin. But Powers, who was previously convicted of OWI in 1990, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010 and in 2013, is subject to a 0.02 percent limit due to his prior history.

Chemical blood test results are pending.

Powers appeared Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court and was ordered held by Circuit Judge Mike Moran on a $25,000 cash bond. A pretrial conference is set for Nov. 13.

5 replies on “Late night pizza run results in 8th OWI charge for Wausau man”

  1. Shereen, is there some sort of “running scoreboard” you could post of how many 5+ DUI arrests have been made in Marathon Cty. over the last calendar year? Personally, I’ve lost count of how many have been posted here. Nah……there’s NO drinking problem in WI.

    1. he was given a very small bond like all the others lol…its insanity. 5+ and they should be rotting in prison. Are these judges waiting for someone to be killed in an accident?

    2. I probably could put a running scoreboard, seriously. There are so many of them.
      When I started covering public safety years ago at WDH, the rule was that we’d write about any OWI 5 or above because that’s the point where it became a felony. Now, it becomes a felony at 4, but if I wrote about every 4th offense OWI coming through our local court system, I’d be running to the courthouse every two days to look up a complaint.
      I do wonder if there has been a decrease in repeat OWIs since the latest round of legislation toughening penalties in Wisconsin (which has the most lax OWI laws in the nation, generally speaking.) I’d have to look at the data, but I kind of doubt it.

      1. Sadly, you’d need your own personal stenographer. 😉
        For what it’s worth, I’ve lived in 3 other states in my adult life and you’re right…..WI has the most lax OWI/DUI laws BY FAR. It’s truly a disgrace. But hey, we have a new distillery right here in Wausau!

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