Wisconsin man faces 15 years prison for 11th drunk driving charge

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on March 1st, 2019

Oconto, Wisconsin: Douglas Kluth, a Wisconsin man is facing at least his eleventh drunken driving charge.

Sixty-six-year-old Douglas Kluth of Green Bay was arrested early Wednesday in Oconto County. Authorities allege he had an open beer on the centre console of his car.

Officials say the State Patrol was helping with traffic when Kluth parked his vehicle and approached a trooper. The trooper saw the beer on the console.

The complaint says Kluth had a valid driver’s license. He was charged with operating while intoxicated, 10th or more offence.

WLUK-TV reports bond was set at $25,000 cash Wednesday. If convicted, Kluth faces up to 15 years in prison.

Wisconsin is the only state that treats a first-time drunken driving offence as a civil violation , not a crime. New Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has said he’s open to criminalizing first offences.

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