Two local men charged with fourth OWI
By Hub City Times staff
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Two men were charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI), fourth offense, following separate traffic stops in the city of Wisconsin Rapids.
On June 13 officers observed a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit within the city limits. According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle had been traveling at 56 mph in an area posted at 25 mph.
After stopping the vehicle, officers noticed the odor of intoxicants and that the driver, 42-year-old Randal C. Abear of Marshfield, appeared to have glassy eyes.
Court documents say that Abear admitted to having a couple of drinks. Field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test (PBT), which resulted in a 0.145 reading, were administered.
A subsequent blood draw resulted in a blood alcohol concentration of 0.178 percent by weight of alcohol in Abear’s blood.
Abear was charged with OWI, fourth offense, and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, fourth offense. Both are Class H felonies that come with up to $10,000 in fines and/or six years imprisonment each. In addition, Abear will have his license revoked for two to three years and will be ordered to undergo alcohol and drug abuse assessment.
On Aug. 6, 27-year-old Vesper man Isiah H. Lonetree was also pulled over in the city of Wisconsin Rapids when officers say that he was traveling at 54 mph in a 35 mph zone.
During the traffic stop, officers reportedly noticed an odor of intoxicants. Lonetree was administered field sobriety tests and after refusing a PBT was placed under arrest.
According to court documents, Lonetree then performed a failed PBT and refused a blood test. Officers later obtained a blood sample, and Lonetree was taken to Wood County Jail.
Lonetree is also being charged with his fourth OWI, a class H felony. He will be subject to up to $10,000 in fines and/or six years imprisonment, his license will be revoked for two to three years, and he will be ordered to undergo alcohol and drug abuse assessment.