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Sheriff's office: Man facing 8th OWI offense tried to drink in front of deputy

Sheriff's office: Man facing 8th OWI offense tried to drink in front of deputy Photo: Columbia County Sheriff's Office

March 17, 2019 07:17 PM

Authorities in southern Wisconsin say a 56-year-old Cambria man arrested on suspicion of his 8th OWI offense tried to drink in front of a deputy.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, a caller reported finding a vehicle in a ditch in the Town of Fountain Prairie Saturday night. The caller said the driver wasn't hurt, but "something wasn't right with the driver," so the caller gave the man a ride home.

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The sheriff's office says the deputy arrived and found the man, identified as Robert G. Koehler, had returned in another car. When Koehler was told he would be arrested, authorities say he tried to grab an open liquor bottle from the vehicle and drink from it.

He was arrested on suspicion of OWI 8th offense, bail jumping, operating with open intoxicants and failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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