Driver faces 4th OWI
The man who slammed into a squad car faces felony charge.
Bret J. Moericke, 39, Ogdensburg, is charged with a fourth drunken driving offense and operating after revocation.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Waupaca County Deputy Curtis Much was traveling on State Highway 22 in the town of Union when a pickup crashed into his squad car.
The driver of the pickup, Bret J. Moericke, 39, Ogdensburg, pulled through a stop sign at the intersection of Symco Road and State 22, directly into the path of Much’s oncoming vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
Much reported Moericke was staggering as he exited his vehicle and his speech was slurred.
Beer cans were found on the vehicle’s floor.
“I informed Bret that he appeared highly intoxicated,” Much reported. “Bret replied he had approximately 10 beers.”
A preliminary breath test indicated Moericke had a .196 blood-alcohol level.
He was also cited for failure to obey traffic sign, failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign and possessing open intoxicants in a vehicle.
Moericke was released on a $2,000 signature bond with the conditions that he abstain from alcohol and comply with the jail alcohol-monitoring program.