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7th OWI conviction for La Crosse man leads to 3 years in prison

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A La Crosse man now found guilty of drunk driving seven times is headed to prison for three years.

Angelo Ervin reached a plea agreement Tuesday on the newest OWI charge, after being arrested for drinking and driving shortly before Christmas. He received the minimum mandatory prison term.

“I’m an alcoholic,” Ervin told Judge Gloria Doyle in court. “I don’t try to go out, hurt nobody, I don’t try to do none of these things.”

After submitting his plea, the 53-year-old said that his mother died of cancer late last year, and he drank after becoming upset seeing families out Christmas shopping.

“I got my business messed up,” he said. “My mom needed me, and I couldn’t be there. I blamed the Lord, but it was me.”

Ervin was pulled over for driving without headlights on. Police found marijuana and heroin in his car. Drug possession charges were dismissed as part of the plea.

Doyle said she hopes that Ervin can recover in prison and “live a sober life.”

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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  1. Kent Porter

    March 2, 2022 at 7:03 am

    HEY JUDGE , YOU LET CRACK HEADS OUT OF JAIL 3 TIME OFFENDERS , YA KNOW THE ONES THAT GET CAUGHT WITH MORE CRACK , METH AND GUNS THREE DAYS AFTER YOU LET THEM OUT , BUT THE DRUNK HAS TO GO TO PRISON FOR 3 YEARS Sounds like reverse discrimination to me ???

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