Drunken driving sweep turns up about $250 worth of pot

A task force cracking down on drunken driving this weekend in Sauk County turned up three arrests, including one with nearly 2 ounces of pot, officials said.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office said multiple departments participated in a special operation to combat drunken driving Saturday.

No drunken drivers were arrested as part of the special enforcement, but two people were arrested on drug charges and one person on a warrant, according to a news release. Thirty-one traffic citations were issued and 21 written warnings.

A Baraboo officer stopped a vehicle at County Road H and Highway 13 for an equipment violation. The officer reportedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The officer searched the vehicle and seized 43.8 grams of marijuana, marijuana smoking devices and weighing and packaging material. There were also open intoxicants, according to the report.

Gunnar G. Tempest, 18, of Reedsburg, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited on suspicion of underage drinking, open intoxicants and failure to fasten his seat belt. Tempest was taken to the Sauk County Jail. Sauk County Lt. Terry Spencer said the amount of pot seized was about the size of a softball and worth between $250-$300 on the street.

The 16-year-old driver was cited on suspicion of a graduated driver’s license violation, and two juvenile passengers were cited on suspicion of failure to fasten seat belts, officials said.

The sheriff’s office said the date and location of the drunken driving enforcement operation was shared with the public to prevent people from driving intoxicated and show people “how easy it is to make safe arrangements if they have been drinking.”

The task force was funded by a Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation Safety grant. Law enforcement from Sauk Prairie, Baraboo, Lake Delton, Reedsburg and the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office participated.

There are three deployments scheduled for the month of May including May 9 in the Sauk City area, May 15 in the Lake Delton area and May 22 on the Highway 12 corridor from Sauk City to Lake Delton and the Highway 33 Corridor from Baraboo to Reedsburg, officials said.