JUNEAU – A 48-year-old Cambria man was placed on probation for three years after being convicted of his fifth offense of drunken driving.
William P. Hermann, 305 N. Madison St., pleaded no contest to charges of fifth offense operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration and misdemeanor bail jumping by failing to maintain absolute sobriety.
Judge Steven Bauer ordered 360 days in jail with Huber and transfer privileges as a condition of the probation. Other conditions include an AODA assessment, having his license revoked for 36 months, an ignition interlock device being installed on any vehicle he owns or operates for 36 months and $1,449 in fines and court costs.
According to the criminal complaint, Hermann was stopped in the town of Fox Lake on Saturday at 10:34 p.m. Police said he was driving 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. When the officer stopped the vehicle, Hermann was eating a hamburger. The officer asked him to stop eating so that they could talk. Herman said he was on his way home from work and didn’t have his license with him, but told the officer his name was Edward Hermann with a date of birth in 1922.
The complaint states that Hermann gave the officer several combinations of the names and birthdates before dispatch was able to identify Hermann as the possible driver. Hermann admitted that he knew his license was revoked and had tried to use another name in order to not get into trouble.
According to the complaint, Hermann said he was coming home from work and was afraid that if he went to jail, no one would take care of his elderly mother. The officer could smell intoxicants on the man’s breath, and the man said he’d had two drinks before leaving work.
A preliminary breath test at Fox Lake showed a blood alcohol concentration of .10. However, a test at the jail after Hermann was taken for a blood draw showed a blood alcohol concentration of .03.