Unpaid Parking Tickets, Candy Bar Lead to 4th OWI Charge
Waukesha man told a police officer he consumed 10 beers and was at a gas station to buy his wife a candy bar, according to a criminal complaint.
A Waukesha man faces up to three years in prison after he was arrested on his fourth drunken driving offense.
Scott R. Gehner, 53, of Waukesha, was charged Wednesday with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated-fourth offense. In addition to possible prison time, he faces up to $10,00 in fines and having his driver’s license revoked for up to three years if convicted.
According to the complaint:
A Waukesha police officer made contact with Gehner at 12:38 a.m. Wednesday near North East Avenue after noticing Gehner’s registration was suspended for unpaid parking tickets. The officer stopped Gehner, who parked his car at a closed gas station.
Gehner told the officer he pulled into the gas station to buy his wife a candy bar. However, the officer smelled an odor of intoxicants coming from Gehner.
“I’m not going to lie to you,” Gehner told the officer, admitting he was intoxicated. “I had 10 beers.”
Gehner failed his field sobriety tests and had a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .13 percent.
Gehner previously was convicted of drunken driving in 2002, 2008 and 2009.