OWI second from ditch slide-in

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
Steven Redmann
Man faces several charges related to drinking
BALSAM LAKE – A report of a car in the ditch near the Polk-St. Croix county line on Hwy. 35 on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 17, led a Polk County sheriff’s deputy to the scene, where he found the car, with Steven Redmann, 54, New Richmond, inside, reportedly smelling of intoxicants.
When asked, Redmann said he went into the ditch because he “gave up too much road,” and later admitted he had been drinking at an East Farmington tavern.
Redmann has a prior operating while intoxicated conviction and is required to have an ignition interlock device to prevent him from driving under the influence. However, no such instrument had been installed, and he refused to take a preliminary breath test, but he did fail a field sobriety test and was taken into custody for OWI, second. He was also cited for operating after revocation and for not installing the IID.
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