A La Valle man faces multiple criminal charges for driving while intoxicated, attempting to flee from police and possession of drugs.
Terry L. Hooker, 51, faces charges from a July 16 arrest for operating while intoxicated fifth offense and a fifth offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration. In addition, he faces charges of attempting to flee or elude an officer, obstructing an officer, possession of THC and drug paraphernalia. If convicted he faces jail time up ranging from three to 10 years and fines from $500 to $25,000. In addition to previous OWI charges, police found he had a prior conviction from 2011 for possession of THC.
According to a criminal complaint, officers with the Reedsburg Police Department pulled him over for speeding. After the vehicle came to a halt, police say Hooker exited the car and started running. The complaint states when officers gained control they found Hooker was very unsteady and could smell the alcohol on his breath.
When searching Hooker’s pockets, a clear plastic bag was found that officers say “smelled like fresh marijuana” and another bag was located that tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinols. Police said they later found a pipe with residue inside the bowl that looked and smelled like burnt marijuana.
While police say Hooker refused to perform a field sobriety test he did submit to a preliminary breath test, which showed a .158 blood alcohol concentration. Police transported him to the Reedsburg Emergency Room where specimens of blood were drawn and mailed to the Medical Toxicology Section of the State Laboratory of Hygiene for analysis.
Hooker is scheduled to appear in court August 10.