George F. Appleyard, 48, Weyauwega, is charged with a seventh drunken driving offense.
Shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, a woman driving on State Highway 96 called 911 and reported that a small Dodge pickup truck was swerving all over the road.
While Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Strobusch was en route to the area, the woman told 911 that the truck had gone into a ditch and was now driving in a cornfield.
When Fremont police arrived at the scene, they reported finding Appleyard passed out in his vehicle. They had to yell to wake him. Appleyard reportedly told police he was heading to New London from Weyauwega.
Strobusch spoke with the woman who called. According to the criminal complaint, she said when she first encountered the truck it was traveling 35 mph on County Road W. As she passed it, the truck allegedly crossed the center line and attempted to block her.
Later, after the woman had turned west on State 96, the truck also turned west and, after passing her at an estimated 80 mph, remained in the wrong lane. She said several oncoming cars had to veer onto the shoulder to avoid colliding with the truck.