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Repeat Drunken Driver Sped Past Officer, Charges Say

Suspect was charged with his fifth offense drunken drunk driving and possession of marijuana.

A Hales Corners man drove drunk in front of a Brookfield police officer early Monday morning, charges allege.

Joseph C. Chojnacki, 32, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with one count of fifth offense operating while intoxicated, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. If convicted, he faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 2:20 a.m. Monday, a Brookfield police officer spotted Chojnacki driving eastbound on Capitol Drive near 165th Street, traveling 55 miles per hour in a 45-mph speed zone. The officer began to follow Chojnacki, who at one point slowed down to 37 mph, then sped up again.

The officer pulled over Chojnacki as he approached Highway 45. Chojnacki smelled of alcohol and said he was doing 55 because the speed limit was 50.

Chojnacki failed field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of 0.14. Officers searched his vehicle and found a baggie of marijuana and a pipe.

Chojnacki was previously convicted of OWI in 1999, twice in 2005 and once 2009. He was being held in Waukesha County Jail on $3,500 bond while awaiting trial. 

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