Erratic Driving Leads to OWI 5 Charge in Burnett County for Milltown Woman

Monday, March 12, 2018 | BurnettWire |

A report of an erratic driver in September 2017 resulted in charges of Felony 5th Offense OWI for a Milltown, WI woman.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Mary Linehan in Burnett County Circuit Court, on September 22, 2017, a report was received by Burnett County Dispatch that a White Ford Explorer was all over the roadway and crossing the center line on WI South 35.

Law enforcement was able to locate the vehicle based on the information provided by the call to Dispatch and saw that the vehicle continued to cross over the centerline. After stopping the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle was identified as Mary Linehan; formerly of Minnesota, more recently of Milltown, WI according to online circuit court records.

Officers had difficulty understanding Linehan’s responses as she was mumbling, according the criminal complaint, and the odor of alcohol was also noticed by the officers. Linehan allegedly told the officers that she had consumed two Keystone Light beers earlier that evening, and that she had also consumed other alcohol earlier that day.

Linehan also told the officers that she was coming from the casino in Danbury after she had met with someone to sell some jewelry to them.

The officers attempted to conduct field sobriety tests with Linehan, but the criminal complaint goes on to state that she was unable to successfully complete those tests.

A preliminary test of Linehan’s breath gave a result of 0.182, and Linehan was placed under arrest and taken to Burnett Medical Center for an evidentiary blood draw. Although the results of the testing on that blood draw are not known to at this time, an additional criminal charge of Operating With a Prohibited Blood Alcohol Concentration was also filed against Linehan.

The criminal complaint states that Linehan was previously convicted of Operating While Intoxicated in June 1993, April 1997, June 2002, and November 2007.

If convicted of the OWI 5th Offense charge, Linehan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $25,000, or both.

At a preliminary hearing on March 1, 2018, the Court found probable cause to bind the charges against Linehan over for trial, and she is due to appear again in April 2018.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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