Man accused of OWI, attempting to steal boat, sheriff says

Man accused of OWI, attempting to steal boat, sheriff says
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A 32-year-old man is facing charges including drunken driving and attempting to steal a water craft Monday, officials say.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to a report at 9:14 p.m. of suspicious activity near Vetesnik Power Sports in Richland Center.

Deputies found a boat and trailer blocking the road on Sawmill Road off Highway 14. They also found a vehicle parked nearby that’s registered to Michael W. Westphal, of Blue River.

Officials said a K-9 searched the area and Westphal was found at a nearby business and arrested on suspicion of felony theft, obstructing and second-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

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