Felony OWI charges from crash

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
Traffic crash and more lead to charges
BALSAM LAKE – A report came in of a traffic crash on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 30, near Hwy. 46 and 134th Avenue, where they believed the driver was under the influence.
The vehicle was found to have the wrong license plates and the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. He was identified as Erick Bloom, 54, Balsam Lake.
Bloom was given a field sobriety test and registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.21%, well over the legal limit.
Bloom was placed under arrest for operating while intoxicated, fifth or sixth, which is a felony. He appeared before a judge on Dec. 1, where a $1,500 cash bond was set, with his next court appearance set for Dec. 30.

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