Janesville man arrested on 5th offense felony OWI charges, officials say

Police: Arrest followed traffic stop for speeding

Published On: Jul 07 2013 09:57:00 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2013 10:10:08 AM CDT
JANESVILLE, Wis. -

A Janseville man was arrested Saturday following a traffic stop on fifth offense felony operating while intoxicated charges, according to a release.

A Rock County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop Saturday night around 7 p.m. on a vehicle that was traveling southbound on North US Highway 51 near Manogue Road at a high rate of speed, according to the release.

The deputy said he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants and the driver’s speech was slurred during the traffic stop.

The driver, Jeremy M. Maurer, 34, of Janesville, admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day, according to the release.

Maurer agreed to field sobriety testing and the deputy was able to gather several clues of intoxication, according to the release.

Officials said Maurer agreed to a preliminary breath test at the scene that showed a result of 0.23 percent, which is almost three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Maurer’s driving record showed he had four prior operating while intoxicated convictions, according to the release.

Maurer was arrested and taken to the Rock Count Jail for fifth offense felony OWI, according to the release.

Maurer submitted to a legal blood draw at the jail and the results of that test are not yet known, according to the release.

Officials said Maurer was also issued a traffic citation for speeding.

Maurer will be held in the Rock Count Jail until his initial court appearance on Monday, according to the release