JUNEAU — A 50-year-old Rubicon man faces up to 10 years in prison for his fifth offense of drunken driving after he contacted authorities on Sunday believing his neighbors had taken his dog.
John Walter Reed is also charged with a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle while revoked.
Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer placed Reed on a $2,000 cash bond and ordered him to maintain absolute sobriety and not leave the state of Wisconsin while the case is pending. He was also ordered to not operate a motor vehicle unless he has a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
According to the criminal complaint, a Dodge County deputy made contact with Reed on Sunday at 4 p.m. for a report of a potential dognapping complaint he filed against his neighbor. Reed told the officer that he drove around his neighborhood looking for his dog.
Reed had contacted dispatch at 3 p.m. He allegedly told authorities that his dog was unleashed and got out of his yard and he believed his neighbors had changed the dog’s collar and were claiming it was their dog. The neighbor had also contacted dispatch believing Reed was going to claim that her dog was his.
According to the criminal complaint, Reed said the dog tilted his head the same way Reed’s dog would tilt his so Reed believed it was his. The neighbors had proof that the dog was theirs and told deputies that Reed had driven to their house twice shortly before law enforcement arrived.
The deputies had smelled alcohol on Reed’s breath. Reed estimated that he had six beers starting at 11 a.m. that day and after returning home he had a tequila mixed drink. Reed took a preliminary breath test, which resulted in a blood-alcohol reading of .227, nearly three times the legal limit. Due to his previous convictions, Reed’s legal limit is .02.
Reed had previously been convicted of OWI in 1992, 2001, 2007 and 2010.
Reed’s preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 6.