Crime

OWI after erratic driving and collision with home

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
Cory Newman
ST. CROIX FALLS – A citizen report of an erratic driver in a maroon Buick in St. Croix Falls on the evening of Monday, Feb. 18, led police to watch for the suspected driver, who passed an officer moments later.
The St. Croix Falls Police officer was able to follow the car briefly as he noticed continued erratic driving downtown, where the Buick crossed the centerline, almost struck a parked car on the opposite side of the street and then continued on toward the driver’s home, in spite of the officer’s emergency lights flashing behind him.
The driver did not pull over and instead pulled into his driveway in town and proceeded to ram into the garage as he stopped.
The officer ordered the man out of the vehicle and he slowly complied, questioning the officer on why he was being stopped.
When asked if he had been drinking, the man replied that he had, but, “so what?”
The driver was later identified as Cory Newman, 25, St. Croix Falls, who has two prior convictions for operating while intoxicated.
Newman refused to take a field sobriety test, was placed under arrest on suspicion of intoxicated operation and was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw.
He was charged with misdemeanor OWI, third, and taken into custody, scheduled to appear before a Polk County judge on Monday, March 25, where the allegations will be addressed.


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