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Reedsburg woman, 70, sentenced to 6 months jail for 4th OWI
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Reedsburg woman, 70, sentenced to 6 months jail for 4th OWI


A Reedsburg woman was found guilty Monday after being charged with felony driving while intoxicated and driving with a prohibited alcohol content, fourth offense.

Joan M. Hackney, 70, was sentenced to three years of probation by Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock and six months of jail time with Huber privileges. She must also undergo alcohol treatment programming.

Joan M Hackney


According to the criminal complaint, Reedsburg Police Officer Jacob Williams responded to a call from a witness outside Viking Liquor, 1625 E. Main St., who thought the driver of a silver vehicle may have been drunk. The caller said the driver had entered Viking Drive by driving over a portion of the sidewalk and connecting grass. The driver had gone into the parking lot of the strip mall that housed Viking Liquor, but had parked in the drive-thru of a former bank building.

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When the officer arrived, he watched as the vehicle tried to back up and go forward to turn around in the drive-thru. According to the complaint, he parked his squad car and approached Hackney to talk to her. She said she ended up in the drive-thru because she has poor eyesight and explained she was trying to go home on Highway K from Brewster’s.

Hackney admitted to consuming mixed drinks at Brewster’s and agreed to perform field sobriety tests, saying “that will not be good because I had a bunch of cocktails,” according to the complaint. She said she had wanted to have a good time on Thanksgiving, per the complaint. A preliminary breath test resulted in a 0.172% reading.

According to computer records, Hackney had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in October 1989 and November 2001, with a prohibited alcohol content conviction in September 1999.

She had faced a maximum of 12 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. Hackney owes the court $1,854.

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