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Wausau man sentenced to prison for 6th and 7th OWI

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By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — A Wausau man convicted Wednesday of his sixth and seventh OWI will spend five years in prison followed by five years extended supervision, according to Marathon County Circuit Court records.

During a sentencing hearing held Wednesday, Circuit Judge LaMont Jacobson also ordered 45-year-old Travis Peterson to pay a $2,452 fine and maintain absolute sobriety for the duration of his sentence.

Police reports show Peterson was out on bond from his 6th drunken driving arrest when he was arrested for his seventh offense. A preliminary breath test showed Peterson had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.21 percent when he was arrested in that incident. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent and is lower — 0.02 percent — for Peterson due to his five prior convictions.

The arrest came after Peterson’s vehicle became stuck in a ditch on Hwy. 51 in Wausau in March.

The sixth offense charge was filed 11 months earlier and was still winding through the court system when Peterson was arrested again. The sentence handed down Wednesday covers both cases.

Peterson was given 132 days credit for time served while awaiting trial.

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