Police say a North Freedom man facing his 10th drunken driving offense drove off after causing a disturbance at a Baraboo bar.
Authorities say 62-year-old Shane E. Krayer, who has nine prior drunken driving convictions dating back to 1997, later admitted while speaking with an officer that he consumed four to six drinks “while driving down I-90.”
According to police, a Baraboo bar employee called police at 12:05 a.m. Monday after a man began causing problems and trying to fight people.
After the employee told the man she was going to call the police, he allegedly left in what the employee described as a red “Escort.”
A criminal complaint says police found a red Ford parked outside another Baraboo bar and a man inside who matched a description provided by the employee of the prior bar. They also verified that the vehicle belonged to the man, who was identified as Krayer.
An officer who spoke with Krayer reported that he was unsteady on his feet, smelled like alcohol, and had dilated pupils and bloodshot, watery eyes.
Krayer allegedly told the officer that he didn’t drink at the first bar, and only had one drink at the second one.
However, the officer reported that Krayer admitted to consuming four to six drinks while driving down the interstate, and stopped off in Black River Falls and Lyndon Station to drink before he reached Baraboo. Krayer’s license was revoked at the time.
A preliminary breath test registered .186 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, more than two times the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin of .08.
On Monday, the Sauk County District Attorney’s Office charged Krayer with his 10th drunken driving offense. If convicted of the felony, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
He also has been charged with a misdemeanor operation after revocation.
In court Monday, a judge set bond for Krayer at $5,000 cash. If he posts bail, Krayer must maintain absolute sobriety and check in with law enforcement daily. He also may not enter establishments that sell alcohol and may not possess controlled substances without a valid prescription.
Krayer is due to appear in court March 14.