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Police: Ringle man found asleep at the wheel arrested for 6th OWI

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By Shereen Siewert

TOWN OF EASTON, Wis. — A Ringle man who police say was sleeping behind the wheel of an SUV parked in the middle of the road is now facing his 6th drunken driving charge, after his arrest April 11.

Trevor Thompson, 42, appeared Friday in Marathon County Circuit Court and was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond.

Deputies were called at about 2 a.m. to an area near CTH Q and Junction Road in the town of Easton for a report of a vehicle parked in the middle of the road. A concerned motorist called in the report after failing to rouse Thompson, according to the police report.

Just before a deputy attempted to break a back window to gain entry into the vehicle Thompson woke, the complaint states. Police say Thompson was making his way from the Corral Bar on Hwy. 52 and thought he was still in the parking lot next to the bar.

After allegedly failing field sobriety tests, Thompson submitted a breath test that registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.14 percent, the complaint states. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent, but Thompson is subject to a 0.02 limit due to his five prior convictions.

Court records show Thompson was convicted of OWI twice in 1996, twice in 1999 and again in 2014. If he is convicted of the latest offense, Thompson faces up to 10 years in prison.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 22.

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