An 84-year-old Amherst Junction man is facing his second drunken driving charge in less than a year.
On Aug. 3, 2010, Edward A. Olenske appeared in Waupaca County Circuit Court on a misdemeanor charge of a fourth offense of operating while intoxicated. He was released on a $2,000 signature bond with the conditions that he not operate a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in his system.
On Sept. 9, 2010, a Portage County deputy was dispatched to the Wigwam Inn in the town of New Hope in response to a call that Olenske was violating his bond by drinking. The deputy pulled Olenske over on Portage County A, after following him two miles with his siren and emergency lights activated, according to the criminal complaint.
Olenske reportedly had a 0.072 blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest.
Olenske’s Portage and Waupaca County cases have been consolidated, and he was charged with felony OWI and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping on Jan. 21.
On Jan. 4, Olenske entered a plea of no contest to the misdemeanor charge from August and is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 26.
He faces up to six years in prison if convicted of the felony OWI from September.