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Police: Man accused of 8th OWI tried to drink in front of deputy

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PORTAGE, Wis. — Police in southern Wisconsin say a 56-year-old Cambria man arrested on suspicion of his 8th OWI offense tried to drink in front of a deputy.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle was reported in a ditch in the Town of Fountain Prairie Saturday night. The caller reported the driver wasn’t hurt, but “something wasn’t right with the driver.”

The caller gave the man, later identified as Robert Koehler, a ride home.

Police say when a deputy arrived at the scene Koehler had already returned in another car. When he was told he would be arrested, authorities say Koehler tried to grab an open liquor bottle from the vehicle and drink from it.

Koehler was arrested on suspicion of OWI, eighth offense, bail jumping, operating with open intoxicants and failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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