Two OWI busts in four months
A Waupaca man out on bail for a sixth OWI was arrested for his seventh.
Brian J. Hejda, 39, is charged with felony operating while intoxicated, failure to stop a vehicle when signaled by an officer and operating after revocation of his license.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy James Santiago responded to a report of a sports utility vehicle driving erratically on County Trunk K.
Sanitago then encountered and followed a speeding Ford SUV going southbound on County K. He activated his emergency lights and siren just north of Radley Road.
According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle continued past Crystal Lake Road, then turned left on Pine Lane, left again on Parkview Lane, then pulled into a driveway.
Santiago drew his firearm to make the arrest then holstered it after the driver exited his vehicle with his hands in the air, voluntarily dropped to his knees and laced his fingers behind his head.
A preliminary breath test indicated Hejda had a .201 blood-alcohol level.
Court records indicate that at the time of his arrest on Nov. 12, Hejda was facing charges in Portage County for a sixth OWI.
He had been charged on July 5 and released on a $10,000 cash bail that required a $1,000 initial payment and a $200 weekly garnishment of his wages.
Hejda was scheduled to appear in Portage County Circuit Court on Nov. 21 and in Waupaca County Circuit court on Nov. 22.