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4th OWI charge against La Crosse man

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) A La Crosse man has been charged with driving while intoxicated for a fourth time, in an incident dating back to last summer.

The La Crosse Tribune reports 42-year-old Vernell A. Wilson II faces one count of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated and operating with a restricted controlled substance, both felonies.

According to a criminal complaint, police received a complaint on June 23 of an erratic driver and found Wilson’s car up against a set of barricades.

He was slumped over the wheel, sweating and breathing irregularly.

The case was initially considered third-offense drunken driving but was upgraded to fourth-offense after he was convicted for a July 2020 drunken driving offense in Monroe County.