Suspect Search Leads to Unexpected 7th OWI Arrest

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Investigators say they were looking for a suspect in a domestic dispute when they picked up a man for his 7th offense drunk driving.

On Jan. 16, Officers from the Crandon Police Department and Forest County Sheriff's Department were asked to be on the lookout for a dark colored Chevy S-10 Blazer.

According to court documents, an officer noticed a vehicle matching that description traveling on Highway 55 near Sherman Road southwest of Crandon.

The officer activated his emergency lights. The suspect vehicle pulled over, but continued to drive slowly on the shoulder before stopping and spinning the tires. According to the criminal complaint, the driver, identified as Michael Shepard, 46, of Suring, appeared intoxicated and had slurred speech and red eyes.

The officer returned to his squad to do a background check on Shepard. That's when prosecutors say Shepard exited his vehicle and began to run. The officer exited his squad and began chasing Shepard. Shepard was arrested a short time later.

Shepard is charged with 7th offense of OWI, operating while revoked, obstructing an officer, attempted battery of a peace officer, and resisting arrested.

He remains behind bars in the Forest County Jail.

Shepard will return to court Jan. 29 to learn if his case will head to trial.

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