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Passed-out driver charged with 5th OWI

Brad Williams

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A driver from La Crosse is up to his 5th OWI charge, after being found asleep at the wheel at an intersection. 

City police discovered 38-year-old Todd Alberts in his car late Thursday night, stopped at Farnam and Losey. 

Alberts was slumped over the wheel.

He admitted that he was taking a medicine used to fight opioid addiction. 

An officer also found him carrying heroin and chocolate mushrooms. 

Alberts had his 4th OWI conviction in 2013. 

He needs $2500 to get out of the La Crosse County jail.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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