WESTON — A Rothschild man faces a sixth-offense drunken driving charge after he was found Feb. 8 passed out behind the wheel of a pickup that smashed into a snowbank, police said.
Randy Svendsen, 47, appeared Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court on sixth-offense drunken driving charges. Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Grau ordered Svendsen held on a $5,000 cash bond. Svendsen has been jailed since his arrest.
Everest Metro police were called at 9:30 p.m. to a report of a disabled vehicle on Cutoff Road, where they found the man slumped over the wheel, said Capt. Mark Hull.
“The pickup had a manual transmission, and the engine choked off when the truck hit the snowbank,” Hull said. “The key was still in it and the vehicle was turned on, but the driver was out. Our guys knocked on the window and roused him.”
Svendsen, who smelled strongly of alcohol and could not complete field sobriety tests, was taken to Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston for a blood draw, Hull said. Results of the blood test are expected in about 10 days; preliminary breath test results were not available.
Svendsen was last convicted on drunken driving charges in 2006 and was on probation stemming from a drug possession charge at the time of his arrest Saturday, according to court records.
Sixth-offense drunken driving is a felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of six years upon conviction. Svendsen also could be ordered to pay up to $10,000 in fines if he is found guilty.
Svendsen is expected to appear in court Feb. 19 for a preliminary hearing.
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