By Shereen Siewert
WAUSAU — A Wausau man who walked away from his truck after crashing it into a snowbank on Curling Way in Wausau is facing his 7th drunken driving charge, according to court documents.
Brandon Ingram, 45, was arrested March 7 after a preliminary breath test showed he was driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.163 percent, more than eight times the limit imposed on him due to his six prior OWI convictions.
According to the criminal complaint:
Wausau Police were called at about 8:30 p.m. to Curling Way at East Kent Street after a 911 caller reported the crash. The caller told police she and another witness tried to help the man, who appeared intoxicated, but he became belligerent and began walking away with his truck still stuck in the snow.
Ingram initially told officers another man was driving the vehicle, but witnesses confirmed Ingram was the only person in the pickup.
After he allegedly failed field sobriety tests, police took Ingram for a chemical test of his blood, then transported him to the Marathon County Jail.
Court records show Ingram was previously convicted of OWI in 1996, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2008 and most recently in 2012.
At an initial appearance March 8, Circuit Judge Jill Falstad ordered Ingram held on a $3,500 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is set for March 18.