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OWI Suspects Push Way Past Speed, Alcohol Limits

In four arrests, two drivers are unconscious behind the wheel; two are three or more times over the .08 alcohol limit, and one is driving far, far about the speed limit.

Brookfield police reported the recent arrests of four suspected drunken drivers, including one who tipped the scales at three times the proscribed blood-alcohol limit to drive in Wisconsin – in the middle of the afternoon.

According to their reports:

At 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, a 55-year-old Whitefish Bay man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after police were dispatched to aid in an ambulance call at Betsy Ross Court and Independence Drive.

The driver had been reported unconscious at the wheel of his stalled, locked car and was thought to have had a medical emergency. Police officers arrived to find a group of concerned people standing around the vehicle and school buses rolling through the neighborhood.

The driver remained unresponsive after an officer shouted and knocked on his window for some time. He finally woke up, dazed and confused, the officer noted, and started to roll his window down, then back up, and down and up three times.

He couldn’t unlock his doors, could barely get out of the car once he did, and couldn’t stand without support when he had. But the medical nature of his infirmity appeared to be entirely imbibed.

“I am drunk,” he announced, and said he was on his way to Waukesha.

The suspect failed all sobriety tests and blew a .24 blood alcohol concentration on a breath test.

Unconsciousness and misdirection seem to be a theme

At 1:02 a.m. Thursday, a 24-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after he was spotted in his car at the railroad crossing at Wirth Park, on Pilgrim Road at North Avenue, when there was no train in sight and the crossing gates were not down.

The man was slumped over with his head on the steering wheel, as was his female passenger with her head on the dashboard.

As in the incident above, an officer repeatedly knocked on the window and called out to the man. He, too, finally woke up groggy and disoriented, and said he was heading to Brown Deer.

He also failed sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol concentration of .15.

A driver who perhaps should have been unconscious

At 1:44 a.m. Thursday, a 37-year-old Tecumseh, KS, man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after a patrol officer saw him make a wide, high-speed turn onto Blue Mound Road and followed.

The officer clocked him driving in excess of 80 mph on Blue Mound, caught up and pulled him over near Elm Grove Road.

Asked the inevitable question, "Why were you driving so fast?" the suspect said he was a trauma surgeon on his way to an emergency.

However, he hardly appeared in a condition to wield a scalpel. He smelled powerfully of alcohol and had the classic bloodshot, glassy eyes and slurred speech of a drinking driver.

The suspect failed all sobriety tests, and no wonder. His blood alcohol concentration was a whopping .27.

'Really, my lips have not touched alcohol tonight'

At 1:20 a.m. Jan. 13, a 26-year-old Greenfield man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after a patrol officer spotted him with an expired registration near South Moorland Road and West Greenfield Avenue.

Despite the telltale odor of intoxicants and glassy, bloodshot eyes, he insisted he hadn’t had a drop to drink.

The evidence suggested otherwise. He failed sobriety tests and blew a .13 BAC.

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