Hit-and-run leads to felony OWI charge

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
Woman registers blood alcohol over three times legal limit
AMERY – A report of a driver crossing the centerline and striking another car in downtown Amery on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 15, led police to the suspected vehicle, which was stopped a short distance away, with serious front-end damage and apparently missing a front tire.
The driver was identified as Wanda Burstad, 53, Amery, and she admitted to striking the other car and being afraid, then fleeing the scene.
She also admitted to having had several beers. She failed a field sobriety test, registering a blood alcohol concentration of 0.28% which is over three times the legal limit to drive.
Burstad already has at least four OWI convictions, and her latest OWI would be a felony.
She was charged in Polk County Circuit Court with felony OWI, fifth, and misdemeanor hit-and-run. Burstad appeared before a judge the next day, where he set a $5,000 cash bond, and slated a preliminary hearing for Monday, Aug. 26, where the judge will hear a portion of the evidence presented and decide if there is enough to bring her to trial.

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