Police say a driver stopped for OWI had a phony green card.
Alejandro P. Morales, 22, Wautoma, is charged with a third drunken driving offense, identity fraud to avoid criminal prosecution and operating after revocation of his license.
At approximately 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, a 911 caller reported a black Ford was driving erratically eastbound on State Highway 54 and had turned south on County Trunk O near Royalton.
Waupaca County Deputy Chad Repinski was in Weyauwega when he heard the report over the radio. He traveled east on County Trunk X toward County O to intercept the car.
He saw a black Ford Taurus heading toward him. It appeared the Ford had its highbeam lights illuminated as it passed.
Repinski turned around, followed the car and reported it was weaving, then ran the stop sign at State Highway 110/ Mill Street.
The Ford stopped at the railroad intersection because a train was parked and blocking the way.
According to the criminal complaint, Repinski saw two Hispanic men in the front and three 12-packs of beer in the back seat. Two of them were open and there were empty cans on the floor.
“I asked him in Spanish if he spoke English and he stated no,” Repinski said in his report regarding the driver. “I asked him in Spanish if he had any identification and he said no.”
Weyauwega Police Officer Justin Malueg arrived at the scene and assisted.
The passenger presented a Mexican ID card, the complaint says.
In the driver’s pocket, Repinski found a green card made out for Victor Gonzales. The card included a photo, fingerprint and the emblem of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The driver reportedly said his name was Victor Gonzales, admitted to speaking a little English and said he worked on farms in the Pine River and Poy Sippi area.
He also said he did not know the passenger’s name, then said it was Jose Juan, the complaint says.
The driver then asked to use his cellphone.
“As he spoke more to me how to use his phone, he spoke straight English as well,” Repinski reported. “I then recognized he spoke English well and had not been honest earlier.”
A preliminary breath test indicated the driver had a blood-alcohol level of .185, more than twice the legal limit.
Repinski took the driver into custody and transported him to the hospital. He initially made out the citation as a first-time OWI against Victor Gonzales.
However, a records check of the driver’s fingerprints came back to Alejandro Morales with two prior OWI convictions in 2013 and 2014 and a revoked license.
Morales currently remains in custody on a bail that requires $2,000 cash and a $3,000 signature bond with the conditions he consume no alcohol and the jail monitor him through SoberLink.