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Sussex Man Charged with 4th OWI

Thomas J. Haessly told police he had one beer at a bar in Oconomowoc before driving, but he had a .15 percent blood alcohol concentration, according to the complaint.

A 39-year-old Sussex man is facing a his fourth drunken driving charge — a felony — after leaving a bar in Oconomowoc.

Thomas J. Haessly was charged Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with operating while intoxicated-fourth offense. If he is convicted, he faces up to three years in prison, $10,000 in fines and two to three years of a driver’s license revocation.

According to a criminal complaint:

A Town of Oconomowoc police officer spotted a vehicle being driven by Haessly with a defective license plate lamp Saturday. As the officer watched the vehicle, he noticed the vehicle crossed the fog line three times at Highway 16 and Brown Street.

The officer attempted to pull over Haessly, who did not immediately stop. The officer used his spotlight in an attempt to get his attention, and eventually Haessly stopped.

The officer reported Haessly showed signs of intoxication. Haessly told the police officer he was coming from a bar in Oconomowoc where he had a beer.

Haessly failed his field sobriety tests and had a .15 percent blood alcohol concentration.

Haessly previously was convicted of drunken driving in 1992 and twice in 2009.

Jaime Lannister February 13, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Too bad there is no cab service in Sussex... For what it costs to keep these folks locked up the village could buy a whole fleet of taxi cabs.
Jen McFarland February 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Or they could be responsible enough to have a designated driver, at no cost to the village. What a concept!
Jaime Lannister February 14, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Are you offering to drive some of these folks home Jen? And then take them back the next day to get their cars...
Kathy Tomassetti February 14, 2013 at 06:26 PM
this is not the resposbility of anyone other than the one consuming the alcohol...I cannot believe there is any position that would remove that resposibility...or even suggest that "the government" should now have some type of liability to get home those that chose to drink without a designated driver....phone a friend...
Nancy K February 14, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Jaime sounds like a Democrat. Let someone else be responsible for and pay for one's poor choices. ;-)

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