A driver with six prior OWI arrests celebrated New Year’s Eve in jail.
Jeffrey L. Schertzl, 49, Oshkosh, was charged with a seventh drunken driving offense and with operating after his license was revoked.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Dec. 31, a 911 caller reported seeing a silver minivan driving erratically on U.S. Highway 10 near Marsh Road east of Fremont.
A few minutes later, Fremont Police Officer John Primsing made a traffic stop at the intersection of State Highway 110 and County Trunk H. He reported that the van had a loud exhaust and was weaving in its lane.
Waupaca County Deputy Chad Repinski arrived to assist.
A records check indicated the driver, identified as Schertzl, had an active warrant through the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, a revoked license and six prior drunken driving convictions.
According to the criminal complaint, Schertzl initially denied drinking or taking any medications. He then said he took clonazepam that morning and drank one or two whiskeys while at his friend’s house in Fond du Lac.
Schertzl was convicted of his sixth drunken driving offense in Dodge County on Nov. 10, 2014. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, revoked for three years and prohibited from consuming any alcohol during his three years of probation.
A preliminary breath test on New Year’s Eve indicated Schertzl had a .092 blood-alcohol level.