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Appeals court rules deputy could give Onalaska man sobriety test



Almost four years after being charged with drunk driving, an Onalaska man loses a fight over his conviction. 

Christopher Vaaler’s appeal has been rejected by a Wisconsin appeals court. 

Vaaler was pulled over one night in January of 2017 for driving with his headlights off. 

He claims the sheriff’s deputy did not have probable cause to give him a sobriety test. 

But the appeals judges say the deputy stopped the car around bar-closing time, and Vaaler had an open can of beer in the car. 

Vaaler’s sentencing in the case has been delayed until his appeal could be heard.  


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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