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Man Arrested on 5th OWI Charge

Police say a Waukesha man walks in front of a police officer drunk, then gets behind the wheel of a car registered to a person with a suspended driver's license, according to a criminal complaint.

A 37-year-old Waukesha man is accused of felony drunk driving after he got into a car registered to a person with an expired driver's license in front of a Waukesha police officer, according to a criminal complaint.

Saul R. Ramos was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Monday with one count of fifth offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 1:35 a.m. Oct. 23, a Waukesha police officer was driving northbound on Grand Avenue near Wilson Avenue when he spotted Ramos walking on the sidewalk, then get into a car registered to a person with a suspended driver's license.

Ramos turned onto Wilson and as he passed through the Garfield intersection, he began to drive down the middle of the road and partially into oncoming traffic, so the officer pulled him over. Ramos smelled of intoxicants but didn't answer when asked if he had been drinking.

The officer asked again and Ramos said "come," then made a motion for the officer to get closer, so the officer called for backup. Ramos refused to follow directions for field sobriety tests, so he was placed under arrest and taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a blood test.

On the way to the hospital he became disorderly and abusive toward police officers. Ramos was previously convicted of OWI in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007. He's currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $1,000 bond while awaiting trial.

Pennyluhu November 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Curious to know who the judges were in the cases of his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th OWI that he was still freely able to get behind the wheel of any vehicle besides a prison laundry cart. As Aaropn Rodgers so proudly announces on commercial with his attorney buddy- "Wisconsin has the highest number of drunk drivers in the country". WOW!! That AND Jeffrey Dahmer, what a lucky streak for WI. We seriously need to get tougher with repeaters in court. Wkae up, WI!!
KAY KRISTIN November 04, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Yep....no OWI issues here in Wisconsin....Unfortunately, Pennyluhu, Wisconsin penalties for drunk driving are so lax that you really don't see any serious jail time until at LEAST your fifth conviction. At LEAST. Unless you kill someone in the process. Now...as far as getting into a vehicle and driving freely....he likely didn't have a license. Most OWI offenders don't. But that doesn't stop them from driving. And it's hard to spot them - know why? The same department of transportation that denies them a license to drive will let them legally license a vehicle TO drive. So, on the outward appearance of the car, they're driving legally. Mixed signals and lax OWI penalties....that's what happens on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th convictions. And it's a damned shame.
Ted November 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Brown Deer cops let you drive drunk, license or not.
Karen November 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Its too bad that it is hard to find good AODA treatment to deal with the issues of alcoholism.Get tougher consequences but better treatment modalities
Randy November 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Are you drunk? The way you type one would think so.
Pennyluhu November 05, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Thank you, Randy. I happen to be getting used to new glasses and compared to other posts I've read here, my 2 mistakes make me look like a genius. There are many good AODA programs in this county, Karen. People who need them are often in denial of their problem or don't continue with programs which tend to be a lifelong commitment. Check my typing, Randy, then KMA!!
Nicole Ibealright Damico November 05, 2012 at 08:24 AM
well first off.....he didn't use his car. so you can't actually say that he can register a car w/o a license. I've known plenty of people who were unable to register because their license were provoked. I'm not saying it doesn't happen.....but not as much as people think. additionally - most who are on their 5th dui aren't usually using their own vehicle. as for Wis laws - how pathetic the govt is.
Nicole Ibealright Damico November 05, 2012 at 08:25 AM
revoked not provoked Lol
Nicole Ibealright Damico November 05, 2012 at 08:28 AM
and......if they are using their own it's not registered under their name. because they cant register it.
Harry November 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
No six-peat please. Go Romney!
Stephen Panawash November 05, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Maybe he had an Interlocking device in his vehicle and couldn't breath into it. Theres plenty of AODA groups around Waukesha. It you don't get to the source of the problem the problem gets worse. I spent 34 days in jail in a Pod for a DUI and don't ever want to see that happen again! I wish they didn't advertise Alcohol and make people role models with beer in there hands. We are going to have to build more jails and pay more taxes If we don't help our people with these problems. Signed Sober today.
Johnny Paycheck November 05, 2012 at 07:19 PM
For the price of locking up just one of these guys the city could offer free cab service for a whole year or more. And they could do it even cheaper if they used the vans left over from the failed carpool to work program. This guy is going to get about 5 years at the cost of around $200k.
J.B. April 11, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Seriously,there are people like my self that would volunteer to drive drunks home if needed and the city provided the vehicle to do so.
KAY KRISTIN April 11, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I assume you mean that their licenses were REVOKED, not PROVOKED. I can tell you that the drunk who killed my friend's 4 year old son had no driver's license, but had a legally licensed vehicle, registered in his name.
KAY KRISTIN April 11, 2013 at 08:13 PM
....a vehicle provided by the city that has a barricade between the front and back seats...

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