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Appeals court upholds OWI conviction of man who claimed he wasn’t driving drunk in Prairie du Chien



A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the drunk-driving conviction of a South Dakota man arrested after an apparent motorcycle crash in Prairie du Chien. 

In May of 2018, Prairie du Chien police found a cycle tipped over, pointed in the wrong direction on a one-way street, and a man lying on the grass nearby, looking at a cell phone. 

The man, Brandon Mulvenna, denied that he had been driving the cycle, but had actually walked from downtown to the scene of the crash. 

Mulvenna had a blood alcohol level of .21, and claimed his arrest was illegal because police couldn’t prove he had been driving. 

The appeals court says the motorcycle was registered to Mulvenna, and police had enough evidence to believe that he was driving when the bike overturned.

The case is being sent back to Crawford County court for further action.


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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