A 43-year-old Chippewa Falls man is charged with his 10th drunk driving offense after a traffic stop August 22 near Rhinelander.
A deputy said he was traveling on Highway 17 north of Hat Rapids Road when he saw a SUV swerving all over the road. The deputy said when he approached the vehicle he saw two open cans of beer between the driver and the passenger. The driver, identified in court documents as Edward Luedke, said he only had one beer, but later admitted to having “a lot” more than one beer.
The deputy said Luedke had slurred speech, slowed movement and bloodshot eyes. Luedke's preliminary breath test was .14. Due to previous alcohol convictions, Ludeke can not have a BAC over .02.
Luedke's passenger John Walker, 50, also of Chippewa Falls was arrested for open intoxicants, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping. According to the criminal complaint, he had a BAC of .29.
Luedke remains in the Oneida County jail on a $10,000 cash bond.
Luedke's first conviction was in 1989 in Eau Claire County. His most recent was in 2009 in Chippewa County. In that case he was sentenced to two-and-half-years prison, but received credit for 454 days served.
Luedke was also issued traffic citations for operating while suspended, open intoxicants, not having proper registration, and not having proof of insurance.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 12.5 years in prison.
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